Students could still be asked to sit test papers under plans put forward by the exams regulator, amid calls to protect teachers awarding grades from a backlash from disappointed parents. Ofqual on Friday confirmed plans to use teacher assessments to generate GCSE and A-level results this summer, with the watchdog proposing the use of exam papers to help them reach “objective decisions.” It also suggests that students could receive their A-level and GCSE results in early July, more than a month before results are usually handed out in mid to late August. The proposed timetable envisages teachers conducting assessments between May and early June, before submitting their grades to exam boards by the middle of June to undergo quality assurance. It comes on the back of a week of confusion as to whether exams would still go ahead, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools would be forced to close again during the third lockdown. After initially confirming that exams would be cancelled, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, on Wednesday wrote to Ofqual asking it “explore the possibility of providing externally set tasks or papers".