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GCSEs: 2 million results set to be downgraded, researchers warn

Exclusive: analysis suggests disadvantaged pupils will be even worse hit than in A-levels debacle

Two million GCSE grades recommended by teachers are to be downgraded next week, with disadvantaged pupils even worse hit than those affected by the A-levels debacle, according to analysis from leading researchers.

Thousands of headteachers have called for urgent action to avoid “serious injustices” that could blight the life chances of their pupils, after exams were cancelled because of coronavirus and the results consequently being decided by an algorithm that has been condemned as unfair.

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