Monday, July 22

U-turn on appeals guidance



Public Health England (PHE) is facing the axe and will be replaced with a unit that will specifically deal with pandemics, according to reports.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is apparently set to announce the move later this week. He will merge the NHS Test and Trace scheme with the work done by PHE on the coronavirus response, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Ofqual, the exams regulator for England, said its guidance for students hoping to challenge their A-level grades on the basis of their results in mock exams was ‘being reviewed’.

The move came just hours after the body published its criteria and threatened to plunge the A-level process into further disarray after almost 40 per cent of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s ‘moderation’ algorithm .