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U-turn on A-Level gradings announced by government, after 'crude' Ofqual algorithm lost students university places

A-Level and GCSE students across Suffolk will now receive teacher-assessed grades, the government has announced.

The U-turn followed mounting pressure, after pupils across the county missed out on university places after their exam results were significantly downgraded.

The government faced heavy criticism after its use of an algorithm to determine A-level results, replacing traditional examinations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

GCSE results. Stock image (40705380)
GCSE results. Stock image (40705380)

The examining board Ofqual was brought in to 'standardise' grades.

The government's U-turn follows last week's announcement from Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney, who revealed thousands of students would have their exam results upgraded following public anger at low grades.

The decision was also made to use predicted grades from teachers in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Last week, staff at Mildenhall College Academy said it was 'without doubt' many of its students' A-level grades were lower than they would have been had they sat the exams.

Nicola Hood, principal at the school, said: "This has been a difficult time for our students and we are delighted with how they have managed and coped with the situation."

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