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Pressure grows on Gavin Williamson to U-turn on grading system, as government urged to consider GCSE results delay

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Ministers are being urged to consider postponing the publication of GCSE results this week as Gavin Williamson faces pressure to abandon the heavily-criticised A-level grading system.

It comes as discontent grows in Tory ranks at the exam regulator, with the chair of the Education Select Committee hitting out at the “unacceptable” decision to drop guidance for appeals – just hours after it was published at the weekend.

The fiasco over A-levels could escalate further on Thursday as millions of teenagers receive their GCSE grades. There are fears a similar algorithm that resulted in students being downgraded

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Pupils can use coursework and mocks to appeal exam results, Ofqual says in new guidance

Students, teachers and parents hold placards and wear face masks as they protest against downgraded results: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Students, teachers and parents hold placards and wear face masks as they protest against downgraded results: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Students in England will be able to use coursework as well as their mock exam results to appeal the grades they were awarded after exams were cancelled due coronavirus, Ofqual has said.

In an eleventh-hour intervention ahead of A-level results day, education secretary Gavin Williamson on Wednesday pledged that students could use mock results to progress to jobs and higher education if these were higher than their awarded grades, but that schools would have to prove the mocks were valid

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Government to cover cost of all A-level and GCSE results appeals in England, Gavin Williamson says

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It will be free for English schools to appeal A-level and GCSE results awarded to their pupils, the education secretary has pledged, in a further U-turn after exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With nearly 40 per cent of A-level results having been downgraded from teachers’ predicted grades by a government algorithm – and amid fears GCSEs could be more harshly impacted still – Gavin Williamson conceded that there would likely be a significantly higher number of appeals than usual.

Facing protests and mounting calls to resign, he said it would be “a real, shocking

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A-Level and GCSE pupils to be able to use mock results or resit exams in autumn, government to announce

Erin Bleakley (centre) joins protesters in George Square in Glasgow to protest against the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) method of producing exam results this year: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Erin Bleakley (centre) joins protesters in George Square in Glasgow to protest against the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) method of producing exam results this year: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Students will be able to use their mock exam results to progress to university, college and employment if they are higher than their awarded A-level or GCSE grades, the education secretary is to announce.

Pupils will also be able to choose to resit their exams in autumn if they are unhappy with their mock grades and the results they receive on Thursday, Gavin Williamson will say, as he announces £30m in funding

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Swinney to announce major u-turn over results day downgrade ‘shambles’

Teenagers protested on Friday about the downgrades system - Andrew Milligan/PA
Teenagers protested on Friday about the downgrades system – Andrew Milligan/PA

John Swinney will announce a major school exams climbdown on Tuesday after a furious backlash over the downgrading of 124,000 results left the Education Secretary on the brink of losing his job.

The SNP will admit it “got it wrong” over the system used to grant this year’s National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results, following the cancellation of exams due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The system devised by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) saw thousands of pupils have their grades lowered from teacher recommendations by an arbitrary “moderation”

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