Sophie Wessex’s daughter Lady Louise Windsor hit by exams cancellation

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Lady Louise Windsor was due to sit her AS-levels after her first fill year of A-Level study at a private school in Ascot near her family’s home Bagshot Park home. The Queen’s youngest granddaughter is studying English, history, politics and drama and is scheduled to take her A-levels in the summer of 2022.

Lady Louise’s GCSE exams were also cancelled as a result of coronavirus.

The 17-year-old received her teacher-assessed results last August but Buckingham Palace said the grades were a private matter.

All GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England will once again be replaced by school assessments this summer.

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs that the Government will put its “trust in teachers, rather than algorithms”.

The Education Secretary acknowledged that exams are the “fairest way” of assessing what a student knows but said the impact of the pandemic meant it was not possible to hold exams in the summer.

The grading of GCSE and A-level students in England became a fiasco last summer when end-of-year exams were cancelled amid school closures.

Thousands of A-level students had their results downgraded from school estimates by a controversial algorithm, before Ofqual announced a U-turn, allowing them to use teachers’ predictions.

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But speaking on Wednesday, Mr Williamson said he wanted to use a form of teacher-assessed grades to award results rather than an algorithm.

He told the Commons: “While the details will need to be fine-tuned in consultation with Ofqual, the exam boards and teaching representative organisations.

“I can confirm now that I wish to use a form of teacher-assessed grades with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently across the country.”

He said Ofsted will enforce legal requirements for state schools to provide high-quality remote education.

He said: “We expect schools to provide between three and five hours teaching a day, depending on the child’s age.

“If parents feel their child’s school is not providing suitable remote education they should first raise their concerns with the teacher or headteacher and, failing that, report the matter to Ofsted.”

Last month, Mr Williamson gave an “absolutely” cast-iron guarantee that exams in England would not be cancelled this academic year.

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Addressing his previous pledge, shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “At that moment we should have known they were doomed to be cancelled.”

Speaking in the Commons, Ms Green said: “It was disappointing Gavin Williamson did not make a new year’s resolution to avoid U-turns or chronic incompetence.

“Once again where the Secretary of State goes, chaos and confusion follows and it’s children, families and education staff across the country who pay the price for his incompetence.”

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