Given the shambles Gavin Williamson oversaw last summer, the latest move is perhaps unsurprising.
Students face results delay after schools and colleges told not to publish results.
No.10 has signalled a U-turn could also be on the cards in England.
No shirt signing, no proms, no GCSEs. Covid-19 put an abrupt end to school in March, meaning a generation of 16-year-olds missed out.
The government is keen for children to return to school en masse in September, to reduce the damaging effects the lockdown has had on education inequality and to allow parents to go back to work full time. Here’s what schools may look like when they welcome students back.
"Working class children often lack the appropriate attitudes that are necessary to succeed in education."
Get your head around the new grades.
With mental health problems so prevalent in UK students, and with factors other than exam results often being considered more important by employer's in selection processes, it is difficult to support the introduction of even more challenging exams to 16 year old students, who already feel so pressured at such a young age.
Early last week, St Olave's in Orpington, one of the UK's leading grammar schools, made the news after it told a handful of its Sixth Form students that they could not return for their final A-Level year since they did not secure high enough grades in their exams. This move has been dismissed as draconian, no less by the parents of affected students.
Having both a daughter and niece with dyslexia, I have seen the effect this condition has had on their self belief and confidence, but I firmly believe that dyslexia should not be a major obstacle that impedes lives and limits aspirations.
Having been in education for ten years, I've seen some real changes - all as dull as a Brexit talk at a vegan dinner party
If you haven't done as well as you'd have liked, then still pat yourself on the back for your effort. If you know in your heart that you did your best, then know that that's all you can do in life. Other people's opinions of your grades and effort are none of your business, especially if they make you doubt your worth.
As young people across the country open those examination results, they'll see a verdict on the work that they've put in over the past two years. In two years more, they will be of voting age, and it won't be long before they get to cast their verdict on British politicians. If the Tories want that to be a good thing for them, they'd better start showing they're taking young people's concerns seriously.
Firstly, will the new system itself be judged as a success or a failure? This year's students will be receiving a somewhat confusing spread of number and letter grades. The claim for a new GCSE system was that it would help drive up standards. The tougher subject specifications were meant to make courses more demanding.
If you're really disappointed with any of your results, don't lose self-esteem. Remind yourself that it was probably down to you having one bad day at the office. The exam paper might have been a tricky one, or you might have been thrown by the wording of a question. Luck plays a massive part in your exams too.
If you feel like you didn't do as well as you wished, speak to your teacher about the options you have. You won't lose anything by resitting an exam. It's a chance to try again and an opportunity to really push yourself.
It takes time, with lots of questions, forms and sometimes interviews to go through. Admittedly, there were times I felt pretty overwhelmed by it all. However, having learnt some ways to try and manage exam stress from sitting previous exams, I did my best to try and implement some of these coping methods.
These changes aren't being made just for the sake of it. Significant changes are not something any of us take lightly. Students can feel reassured that these changes are happening for a good reason and have been carefully thought through. I know from my own children's experiences of taking GCSEs and A levels, just how important results are to every student and how important it is that the system is fair for all.