Gormless Gavin warned of exam algorithm issue month before A-levels fiasco

Gormless Gavin Williamson was warned the exams algorithm would disadvantage poorer pupils more than a month before it was axed.

But the hapless Education Secretary decided to push ahead anyway.

Sir Jon Coles, a former Department for Education director-general, raised concerns saying the system was only 75% accurate.

Sam Freedman, head of the Education Partnerships Group and former education adviser, said: “There’s no way he could not have known this.”

But schools minister Nick Gibb insisted earlier today that officials did act over Sir Jon’s letter, and even discussed his concerns in mid-July.

He said: “For all the problems that we encountered, the downgrades of the grades did not disproportionately affect young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Last night Frank Spencer-lookalike Mr Williamson was still hanging on to his job despite calls for him to be sacked.

Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green said: “Gavin Williamson was warned again and again about the problems with the grading algorithm, and each time he did nothing.

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“This endless pattern of incompetence is no way to run a country.”

Meanwhile, record GCSE results were announced yesterday based on teacher assessment.

But BTEC students were left in limbo after examiner Pearson pulled results at the last minute.

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