A triumph, then, for our examinations system, after the crisis of confidence sparked by last year's A-levels? Not quite. While significant heads rolled following that fiasco, no exam board has yet apologised to the 1,945 students given overall grades lower than they should have been. Which was the board guilty of the most excessive downgrading? Step forward OCR.
Having shown a willingness to admit mistakes over GCSE marking, it is time to acknowledge its part in last year's grade-setting debacle. It is never too late to say sorry.