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GSCE students will finally get their results tomorrow after a strange year where they did not even get to sit their exams due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both GCSE and A-level exams were scrapped, and as a result, the Government first introduced an algorithm to decide pupils’ grades.

However, after massive backlash following revelations almost 40 percent of pupils were unfairly downgraded, the Government made a U-turn on Monday.

The grades will now be based on teacher’s predictions or those calculated by Ofqual, whichever is higher, instead.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Youngsters will be told whichever is their highest, whether it is their centre-assessed grades or whether that is the moderated standardised grade that has been provided by Ofqual, and certification will follow a week later.”

Ofqual have apologised for the “uncertainty and anxiety” caused by their approach to exams this year.

READ MORE: GCSE results day: What time will GCSE results be out?

Can you appeal your GCSE results?

Pupils can normally appeal results, however, this will not be the case this year due to how they have been calculated.

Ofqual’s guidance reads: “On balance, we decided it would not be in the interests of students or the fairness of the arrangements overall.”

The guidance adds: “In line with the direction given to us by the Secretary of State for Education, a centre may appeal to the exam board if it believes the centre itself made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information or if it believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.

“We expect that any mistakes will be quickly found and corrected.”

You will need to go through your school or college if you wish to appeal your GCSE grades.

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