A-level and GCSE students in England will be given grades estimated by their teachers, rather than by an algorithm, after a government U-turn.

Commenting Daniel Zeichner MP said: “What a fiasco. I welcome the U-turn which is a victory for the thousands of young people who have made their voices heard loudly and clearly over the past few days.

But make no mistake this has been an appalling episode. The situation was foreseeable and avoidable. All the government had to do was trust teachers, who know their students best, from day one.

This late in the day policy shift comes after heartbreak for students, some of whom have lost places at University and it will have long-lasting consequences.

This shambles of a government cannot be trusted.”

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