The chairman of a leading online education company has said the Government should have delayed the A-level results announcement last Thursday.
The controversial new process saw 40% of A-level results downgraded due to an algorithm based on schools’ previous results, sparking calls for education secretary Gavin Williamson to resign.
Williamson has resisted the calls but u-turned to use teacher assessments instead.
Barrie Whipp, chairman of AIM-listed Wey Education, told the Standard: “With a delay Government could have reviewed the initial results, consulted with the education community and applied a sensible regrading policy.
"I think we've got to the right place eventually but we could have got there with less drama. At least the Government has been bold. I'm really pleased that so many students will now be able to move forward with their plans."
He said of the algorithm: “You can segment the data as much as you like, you have to discuss a student’s progress with the teacher. Could we have had more time? Could we have had another couple of weeks? Many universities do not know when they will be bringing back physical learning so it would have made sense."
Wey Education runs two divisions: a fee paying online secondary school where teachers deliver timetabled lessons online, InterHigh, set up in 2005; and Academy21, a business to business division which offers classes and resources to other education providers.
Wey is on track to record growth over more than 30% in the year to August 31 after gaining new customers due to a ramp up in marketing spend.
Whipp said the coronavirus lockdown had raised awareness of online schooling and education. “We were doing well before Covid. Teaching online is very different to teaching in the classroom and we understand that.”
Shares in Wey, run by chief executive Jacqueline Daniell, have risen from 14.25p at the start of the year to around 24p, valuing the company at £33 million. Founded in 2005, Wey has 144 staff and has taught nearly 13,000 students.