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There will be an announcement on exam grades this afternoon.  Will the Government “do a Northern Ireland” – clinging to standardisation for A-levels, but chucking it for GCSEs?  Or “do a Scotland” – i.e: ditch it for both?  Or something else entirely?

George Grylls of the Times is keeping a useful – and growing list – of Tory MPs calling for a rethink (see above). It’s worth noting that the unhappy tweeters include Penny Mordaunt, a senior Minister.  Whips are now telling backbenchers that the Government “is in listening mode”.

As we wrote yesterday, “Ofqual U-turn over appeals was a shambles, and will register on the Conservative backbenches”.  That – and the sense it confirmed that Ministers are not in control of events – is driving the pressure on Number Ten and the Education Department.

The political question isn’t whether or not a reverse ferret is coming.  Rather, it’s whether the Governmen U-turns or V-turns: i.e – whether Ministers toil away at patching up their damaged ship…or try to slash themselves loose from the wreckage entirely.

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