A senior Whitehall souce is reported as saying: 'Stubbs is dead in the water'.
School standards minister David Miliband, one of the prime minister's closest allies, was drawn into the affair as questions mounted over the role he played. The department for education and skills denied any ministerial intereference but confirmed there were meetings over the summer between Sir William and Mr Miliband to discuss A-levels, including one in early August, immediately after the 'fixing' of grades was carried out.
The Secondary Heads Association is this week poised to present damning evidence to the independent inquiry now investigating the affair. It shows that the QCA worked hand-in-hand with exam boards it should have been regulating to mark down students in this summer's A-levels. SHA general secretary John Dunford met education secretary Estelle Morris on Thursday and she is thought to be convinced by his evidence that the QCA was complicit in the fixing process.
But a DfES spokesman insisted that no member of Ms Morris's team had put pressure on Sir William or the exam boards to influence grades. Any major changes to the grading system should have been reported to the department, he added.