Welsh U-turn comes as No 10 faces intensifying pressure over the A-levels and GCSEs exam grading crisis in England
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School leaders in Wales have welcomed the announcement in the last hour that teacher-assessed grades will be accepted for A-levels and GCSEs.
Eithne Hughes, director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru , said: “
We welcome the government’s decision to put an end to the grading fiasco by allowing students to receive teacher-assessed grades rather than grades which possess been moderated down.
Students, parents, and teachers will breathe a sigh of relief after days of confusion and palpable upset at the particular anomalies thrown up by an algorithm in which the individual learner was lost.