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Commenting on today’s U-turn by the Government on A-level and GCSE grades for summer 2020, NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach, said:

“Young people have faced an enormous amount of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the Government’s chaotic handling of this summer’s qualification awards.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has created very challenging conditions for students and for schools and colleges, but the Government’s mishandling has undermined public confidence at this critical time.

“No young person should have their future life chances undermined by a set of circumstances outside their control.

“However, at the centre of this latest political storm are young people whose futures have been left unacceptably at the mercy of last-minute decision-making by Ministers.

“The calamity that has been left to unfold over recent days has impacted not only on those young people who were receiving their awards this year, but also the confidence of the thousands of pupils who are now preparing for examinations next year.

“Urgent lessons need to be learned about how to secure a more resilient qualifications system for the future that will give confidence to pupils, parents and teachers, and recognise fairly the achievements of all students.”

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