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A-level students in England can use mock results amid Scottish exams fiasco

Students were given a 'triple lock' on their A-level and GCSE grades last night as ministers ripped up the system in the wake of the Scottish exams fiasco.

Just 36 hours before A-level results are released, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said students could now opt for the grades they got in their mock exams.

It means A-level students can choose between the marks they get awarded tomorrow – which are based on teacher assessments and a computer-generated 'standardisation' model – or their mock results.

If they are not happy with either of those, they can sit the exam in the autumn, with the Government covering the cost for schools.

A-level students receiving their results tomorrow will now be able to opt for the grades they got in their mock exams. (Stock image)

Mr Williamson was forced to offer the unprecedented 'triple lock', which will also apply to GCSE pupils, after Nicola Sturgeon performed a U-turn on Scotland's exam results.

Last week, Scottish pupils sitting the equivalent of A-levels received their computer-moderated grades under a similar system to that being used in the rest of the UK.

However, 125,000 results – about one in four – were downgraded from what teachers had predicted, leading to an outcry and complaints that disadvantaged pupils had been hardest hit.

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My view: Good for them, everyone gets an A-grade.

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