Has the government got it wrong on A-level results?

Students will be graded using a computer algorithm based on historic grades, with up to 40% being downgraded.

Former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says pupils have been badly let down by the system, headteachers and govt.
'What is accurate about this year's assessment system? Almost nothing.'

@SianGriffiths6 argues the govt’s system will punish brilliant students in badly performing schools.

She says that's because the govt doesn't want 'grade inflation'.

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Former Education Secretary @DamianHinds says a system centering on teacher's understanding of students with adjustments for fairness across the country is the best available approach in the circumstances.

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