Speaking from Edinburgh, Dr Hyde said, “Everyone understands that 2021 is an unprecedented year. This cohort of sixth form students has been more adversely impacted by the pandemic than any other. In these circumstances, it was entirely right that each of the parts of the UK reflected these circumstances in the grade awarding process and both teachers and students have taken full advantage of the opportunities presented to achieve the best possible outcomes. It does not surprise me that this most sorely tested generation has risen to the challenge.
“It is a privilege over the next few days to be visiting our association’s schools in Edinburgh. The commitment of heads and their colleagues to supporting their pupils north and south of the border is palpable and it is only right to acknowledge the work done by examination boards, devolved administrations and Ofqual to ensure that this year’s results are as rigorous and fair as possible.”