But it is a problem because teachers historically over-estimate pupils’ final grades or aren’t fully accurate.
But on Tuesday evening, only 36 hours before results were due to come in, A-level students will now get a “triple lock”, where they can use their mock exam results from earlier this year to mount an appeal.
The “triple lock” essentially means they have three options and can take the best result from the three.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said “it’s not a coincidence” that England’s changes were announced now, as “we looked very carefully at what was happening in Scotland”.
He added: “We apologise to nobody for finding solutions, even at the 11th hour, to stop any student being disadvantaged by this system.”