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‘It’s just awful – so stressful’

Heads dread results day as new exams add to the pressure of Progress 8 scores

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“Results day is usually nervous excitement,” says Chris Edwards, head of Brighton Hill Community School in Basingstoke. “But, this year, it’ll just be scrabbling around in the dark. We’ll have no idea how well we’ve done. It’ll be such an anticlimax.”

The lead-up to results day has always been a tense time for heads. But this year anxiety levels will be even higher than usual thanks to the raft of exam reforms taking effect.

And the tension will not end on results day. The Progress 8 measure will judge schools not just on the results that pupils achieve, but also on how much progress they ...

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