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Pressure mounts on Michael Gove to fix GCSE debacle

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Photo: Press Association

This must be getting uncomfortable for Michael Gove. The Education Secretary had probably hoped the furore over GCSE English results would die down - but it hasn't.

And those calling for him to intervene aren't just the usual suspects. There are even headteachers from his beloved academies telling him something major has gonewrong. "It's not fair," they say.

The Department for Education says it "welcomes" Ofqual's decision to look again at GCSE gradings in English.

A source close to the Secretary of State told me Michael Gove put no pressure on the exam regulator, because it’s independent. But he must be relieved they’d been reading the signs.

Meanwhile, the chair of the Education Select Committee told me he will look at whether there should be a parliamentary inquiry into this year’s results, when the House returns from recess.

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