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Ofqual ignored warnings on exams amid ministers’ pressure

Exclusive: Agency said to have been told of risk of erratic outcomes, but was under government pressure on grade inflation

Ofqual was warned at least a month ago of flaws in the exams algorithm that left thousands of students devastated, but the regulator pressed ahead amid longstanding ministerial pressure to prevent grade inflation, the Guardian understands.

External advisers told the regulator that its formula for deciding England’s pupils’ A-level and GCSE results after the cancellation of exams was “volatile” and risked producing erratic outcomes, sources said.

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