Exams

Boris Johnson defends exam grades in English schools
The 2020 exam results mean more students than “ever before”, will be able to go to their university of choice the prime minister says.

Labour leader speaks to A-level students

The Labour leader has paid a visit to a college in Darlington on the day A-level results were announced.

Sir Keir Starmer spoke to students at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

Two students expressed disappointment at not getting the results they hoped for, with one saying he felt he had been let down by the marking system.

Sir Kier Starmer at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
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Joseph Rice, who failed to get the A* in further maths he needed to study maths at Warwick University, told Sir Keir that he was a "bit baffled" and "extremely disappointed".

He said he will wait to see what happens with his appeal over the marking.

The 18-year-old is not alone - with exams cancelled by the pandemic, controversy has surrounded how results have been decided.