Eleanor Busby

Desperate times: the untold story of exam season 2017

Over 2,000 papers checked in last-minute scramble after this summer’s terror attacks

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Exam season is often a hugely stressful time for pupils, teacher and heads – but this year schools also had to cope with three seismic events that happened within just 23 days of each other: the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack and the Grenfell Tower fire.

This tragic series of incidents prompted exam boards to abandon their normal procedures in an attempt to avoid harming pupils sitting their GCSE, AS and A-level exams, it has emerged.

During the second week of exams, thousands of young people were leaving pop star Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester when a suicide bomber ...

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