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A great day and a massive relief... but it should not have had to come to this, Mr Weir

Jamie Harkin


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People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in London in response to the downgrading of A-level results (Jonathan Brady/PA)

People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in London in response to the downgrading of A-level results (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in London in response to the downgrading of A-level results (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Yesterday was a great day. A really great day. When I heard the news that Peter Weir was allowing centre-assessed grades from teachers to be used for GCSE students' results on Thursday but was staying firm on A-levels, I and so many others were outraged at one set of rules for one and a different set for the other.

After hearing the news that A-level students are now being awarded their teacher centre-assessed grades, I am delighted.

It has been a turbulent few days for students, parents, guardians, teachers and so many others who helped to U-turn this decision. I have spoken to fellow students who have come forward to tell their story, as well as many courageous parents who spoke out against their children being wronged.