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UK exams policy is now hopelessly fragmented. Young people will suffer

A fair university admissions process has been sacrificed as different parts of the UK pull in contradictory directions

By Alice Wright  

Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/PA Images

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on education at all levels. Schools and further education institutions across the United Kingdom have been subject to rolling restrictions and an unpredictable isolation timetable.

The deteriorating coronavirus situation now throws into question plans for schools to return in January. Scotland and Wales have cancelled next summer’s GCSEs, National 5s, A-levels and Highers, yet England and Northern Ireland seem determined to press ahead with exams in five months’ time.

The divergence in policy between countries across the union threatens a fair university admissions system for school leavers, with pupils from one region…

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