Teaching unions have been demanding the exams be cut for the 2020-2021 academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
No10 has so far resisted pressure to take action, insisting that they had moved exams back by three weeks to allow more time for teaching.
However, Wales has now scrapped the exams altogether, in a move which is likely to see Boris Johnson come under renewed pressure to follow suit.
Education minister Kirsty Williams on the decision: “It is impossible to guarantee a level playing field.”
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