Teachers to get sweeping powers to decide exam results in England


Algorithms will not be used again but lack of national guidelines prompt fears of grade inflation

Teachers will get sweeping powers to decide exam grades in England this year, in a move that was welcomed by school leaders but brought warnings of “extremely high grade inflation” because of a lack of clear guidance.

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Rules announced by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, will emphasise “fairness and flexibility” in how each school decides to award A-level, GCSE and vocational grades to replace the summer exams that were scrapped by the government earlier this year. Following a furore last summer, algorithms will not be used.

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