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Controversial exams algorithm to set 97% of GCSE results

4.6 million will not reflect teachers’ grades, with more downgraded than in A-level fiasco

Nearly 5 million GCSEs will this week be awarded using a controversial model that education experts fear could lead to even more results being downgraded than in last week’s A-levels fiasco.

According to analysis shared with the Observer, more than 4.6 million GCSEs in England – about 97% of the total – will be assigned solely by the algorithm drawn up by exam regulator Ofqual. Teacher rankings will be taken into consideration, but not teacher-assessed grades submitted by schools and colleges.

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