UK coronavirus live: teachers push back on minister's claim there is 'no confusion' over A-level grades

Last-minute inclusion of mock exam results in England follows U-turn over Scotland grades

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Another five people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales have died, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,586. Public Health Wales said the total number of cases in the country increased by eight, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 17,484.

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It may become necessary to relax the university numbers cap, according to the former Ucas chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook. She has told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme:

The problem for universities – leaving aside the kind of operational mess and everything being late – the problem for universities is that there’s been a number cap applied to students because early in the crisis everyone thought that demand for university would be down, whereas now all the indications are that aggregate demand for higher education will be up.

So I have a feeling that for universities themselves the problem that they will have in responding to this uncertainty is that they are capped at 5% growth this year.

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