Education secretary Gavin Williamson apologises after U-turn on exam grades

The British government bowed to public pressure over its school exam grading system, ditching an algorithm that downgraded the results awarded to students in England after their tests were cancelled due to Covid-19.

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The government had faced days of criticism after the mathematical model used to assess grade predictions made by teachers lowered those grades for almost 40% of students taking their main school-leaving exams.

Students will now be awarded the grade that their teachers had predicted for them based on past performance. ‘I am sorry for the distress this has caused young people and their parents,’ education secretary Gavin Williamson said

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