Do High Grade Predictions Cause Results to Suffer?

I recently received my A Level predicted grades that consist of: A*, A and B. I was happy with these as they are higher than what I was expecting and higher than what I need to get into my university course. However, with having such high predictions, especially the A*, comes the added pressure.

Higher predictions means higher expectations. If I don’t get an A* and I get an A instead I will feel like I have let my teachers, the school and myself down, even though an A is AMAZING. Surely it would be better to predict someone an A and if they outperform this then they will be delighted and less disappointed in themselves?

In addition, The Guardian found that more than half of predicted grades are wrong, which can have subsequent consequences for students who have just missed out on getting into their top choice uni. Students miss out on offers that their real grades would have gained, while others get offered places on the basis of optimistic predictions. Something needs to be changed.

Laura Brown, a student blogger for the charity Young Minds wrote “I think that schools should put less pressure upon students to reach these high target grades, often just to fulfil their quota of a certain percentage of each grade and instead either not set target grades or if they must do so, not show them to the pupils”. It would be much better if teachers actually gave us real life predictions not just ones that they hope that you’ll achieve.

But what does a teacher do if a pupil asks for their predicted grades to be moved up so that they can get into the uni that they want? The teacher is put in a really difficult situation. For example, say a pupil gets a C overall in their  AS exam and they ask for it to be moved up to a B as they need BBB for their course, does the teacher change it or leave it as it is? A2 is harder than AS but if they only got a C at AS would they really be able to achieve a B? But if they don’t, then they are stopping the student from achieving their full potential and the pupil could do better than expected and prove the teacher wrong. However, if they moved it up and the pupil didn’t get that grade they’d be even more disappointed as their uni may not accept them. It’s all a tangled up mess that needs to be fixed.

Understandably, our teachers want us to succeed so that we get into our first choice uni and by predicting us high grades they are giving us the best chance to do this, but I don’t think it’s fair to students to add extra pressure by estimating super high grades that are unachievable. It just adds more pressure, stress and hassle that could cause your grades to suffer.

Have you received your predicted results? If so, do you think that they’re too high? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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