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Gavin Williamson was warned of major flaws in exam grading algorithm two weeks before A-levels fiasco but was told by Ofqaul that problems could be fixed with appeal

By Henry Martin For Mailonline

Published: 08:29 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 09:00 BST, 2 September 2020

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Gavin WIlliamson was warned of major flaws in the exam grading algorithm two weeks before the  A-level grading fiasco - but was told by Ofqual problems could be fixed through appeals, reports say. 

Mr Williamson was offered evidence of flaws in the grading process before A-level results were published in England, it has been claimed. 

Cambridge Assessment, which operates OCR - one of the main exam boards - submitted evidence to the education committee saying it approached ministers and the Department for Education in July, the Guardian reported.

One warning was said to have come two weeks before A-level results were published on August 13, before another was made days before GCSE results were revealed.

Sir Jon Coles, a former Department for Education director-general, also warned Mr Williamson the exams algorithm would disadvantage poorer pupils around a month before it was axed.

Gavin WIlliamson was warned of major flaws in the exam grading algorithm two weeks before the A-level grading fiasco - but was told by Ofqual problems could be fixed through appeals, reports say

Gavin WIlliamson was warned of major flaws in the exam grading algorithm two weeks before the A-level grading fiasco - but was told by Ofqual problems could be fixed through appeals, reports say

The Ofqual algorithm to calculate grades, devised after ministers insisted on avoiding grade inflation, was eventually scrapped after

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