Boris Johnson defends plans for teachers to decide exam grades – BBC News

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The Prime Minister has defended plans for teachers to grade GCSE and A-level pupils in England this summer calling it a “good compromise”.

The decision follows last year’s exam fiasco when grades were decided by an algorithm.

This year grades will be decided by teachers using mock exams, coursework, essays and optional tests provided by exam boards. With so much time lost, pupils will only be assessed on what they’ve been taught.

Results will be published earlier in August to allow more time for appeals that are expected to follow.

The announcement follows similar moves in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But there are concerns about the fairness of the approach, including the risk of grade inflation.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by education editor Branwen Jeffreys.

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