A level and GCSE students in Basingstoke and North Hampshire will be given their grades estimated by their teachers.

The government has made a u-turn this afternoon following the fall-out from A level results day on Thursday.

The government is following Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland in scrapping the controversial algorithm in favour of the teachers' predictions. 

It follows uproar after about 40 per cent of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which had used a formula based on schools' prior grades.

Pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will get their GCSE results on Thursday.

The decision brings England in line with the other UK nations.

Tens of thousands of A-level students in England will now see their grades increased after a humiliating u-turn.

Following criticism from students, headteachers and a backlash by Tory MPs, grades will now be based on teachers’ assessments rather than the controversial algorithm devised by regulator Ofqual.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had previously defended the “robust” system, which saw almost 40% of grades reduced from teachers’ predictions.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Mr Johnson, who is on holiday in Scotland, held crisis talks with Mr Williamson and senior officials on Monday morning.

The change will also apply to GCSE results in England, which are due to be released on Thursday.

Students who were awarded a higher grade by the moderation process will be allowed to keep it, but for many pupils, their teachers’ predictions could see their grades increased.

Ofqual chairman Roger Taylor apologised for the “uncertainty and anxiety” caused by the fiasco.

“Our goal has always been to protect the trust that the public rightly has in educational qualifications,” he said.

“But we recognise that while the approach we adopted attempted to achieve these goals, we also appreciate that it has also caused real anguish and damaged p