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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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AFP via Getty Images

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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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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