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The A-Level disaster is an unnerving sign of things to come

The obvious injustices of the algorithm resulted in a swift government U-turn. But there are many other discriminatory technologies shaping our lives—and they remain hidden

By Joanna George  

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson in his office at the Department of Education in Westminster, London, following the announcement that A-level and GCSE results in England will now be based on teachers' assessments of their students, unless the grades produced by the controversial algorithm are higher.

Do you remember being told by teachers at school that if you consistently worked hard and turned up on exam day you would get the grades that you deserve? For school leavers of 2020, especially exceptional students from poor performing schools in England, this advice was cruelly made redundant not only by the virus which prevented them from sitting…

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