'Plan B' for rigorous mock exams to avoid rerun of A-level fiasco

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Schools in England are to hold rigorous mock exams this winter as part of the government’s “plan B” to avoid the chaos of this year’s A-level and GCSE results, proposals shared with the Guardian show.

Gavin Williamson is expected to announce a three-week delay in the start of next summer’s A-level exams, and possibly GCSEs, alongside a requirement for schools to hold mock exams in controlled conditions earlier in the year, with exam-style invigilation, marking and grading.