This week, I visited Trinity Academy up on Brixton Hill, where I took a tour of the school facilities with staff and got the chance to talk to sixth-form science students. As well as keeping their kids safely learning during lockdown, Trinity have also put a full-time counselling scheme in place – something Labour pledged in our last manifesto. Better mental health support for young people is more important than ever during the current upheaval.
Another thing that’s weighing heavily on everyone’s mind is exams under this year’s pandemic conditions. Many schools in our area are concerned about the Government’s grade moderation process, which looks certain to upgrade private school students at the expense of their working class and BAME counterparts.
Schools like Trinity, who have taken on struggling pupils, look likely to be particularly adversely affected. I’ve written to the Education Secretary, asking for assurances that their algorithm won’t negatively impact the most disadvantaged students or the schools that educate them.
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