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Gavin Williamson seeks to blame Ofqual for exams debacle

Education secretary forced into humiliating reversal on A-level and GCSE grades in England

  • What does the UK government’s U-turn on exam results mean?
  • U-turn on exams may create new set of problems in England

Gavin Williamson has tried to lay the blame for the exams fiasco at the door of the regulator Ofqual after a humiliating climbdown that overturned up to 2.3m grades but left thousands of pupils in limbo.

Two days after saying there would be “no U-turn, no change”, the education secretary apologised and ordered a complete reversal whereby pupils in England will be able to revert to the A-level grades recommended by their teachers, if those are higher.

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