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Schools minister defends 11th hour change to A-level grading insisting there is ‘no confusion’

A Government minister has defended the 11th-hour change to exam assessment, saying it is designed to protect the students “at the edges”.

Under the so-called triple lock plan, announced just hours before A-level results are published, students will still get their calculated grades as before, but will be allowed to appeal through their schools if their mock grade was higher, or sit the exams in the fall come the autumn.

The Government is announcing a £30 million package to fund a full exam schedule if required.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, this morning said it was “no coincidence” that the changes had come after Scotland’s government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over its exam debacle.

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