Gavin Williamson arriving for a meeting with the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street, London. - Modified by Voice Britannia

OFQUAL have issued a statement confirming a U-turn on the A-level results which have seen thousands of students unfairly marked down-graded in their predicted exam results.

Roger Taylor, Ofqual Chair said :

We understand this has been a distressing time for students, who were awarded exam results last week for exams they never took. The pandemic has created circumstances no one could have ever imagined or wished for. We want to now take steps to remove as much stress and uncertainty for young people as possible – and to free up heads and teachers to work towards the important task of getting all schools open in two weeks.

After reflection, we have decided that the best way to do this is to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted. The switch to centre assessment grades will apply to both AS and A levels and to the GCSE results which students will receive later this week.

We have therefore decided that students be awarded their centre assessment for this summer – that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam – or the moderated grade, whichever is higher.

The department of Education and OFQUAL have no confirmed that students will be able to receive a school estimated grade, as opposed to being ruthlessly scored by an algorithm. However, the wasted week of uncertainty has already lead to students losing university places with no way of reclaiming them!

Bizarrely, Gavin Williamson remains in his position.

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