The summer exam period has been thrown into chaos after schools across the country were closed from today.

GCSE and A-level exams will not go ahead in their usual form. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, will work with the qualifications regulator to confirm alternative arrangements.

Announcing the restrictions, Boris Johnson said he recognised the “inconvenience and distress” that the late change would cause millions of parents and pupils across Britain.

“Parents whose children were in school today may reasonably ask why we did not take this decision sooner,” he said. “The answer is simply that we have been doing everything in our power to keep schools open, because we know how important each day in education is to children’s life chances.”


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