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‘The biggest period of uncertainty in decades’

New exams and ‘messy’ GCSE grades leave heads in the dark ahead of results

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Schools are facing huge change and volatility this summer, thanks to the biggest shake-up of the exams system in three decades.

Next week, pupils will receive exam results for the first set of new “linear” A levels – involving less coursework and a move away from modular exams – and later this month, schools will find out how their pupils performed in the tougher GCSEs.

Despite attempts by Ofqual to reassure schools that pupils will not be adversely affected by the sweeping exam reforms, a vast amount of uncertainty remains.

Stuart McLaughlin, headteacher of Bower Park Academy in Romford, ...

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