The Government has made a U-turn and will now revert to teacher assessed grades rather than an algorithm designed to moderate them.
Despite the warnings, the Education Secretary's botched grading by postcode has left countless young people stressed and anxious.
While this U-turn is a victory for common sense and rightly answers calls from Liberal Democrats and others, it is only meaningful if students get the places they are offered.
It is clear the Education Secretary is out of his depth. If he doesn't walk, he must be pushed. The Prime Minister must show leadership and personally apologise for his Government's shambles.
There is still a long way to go to clean up this mess. Government must provide the clarity young people need, including supporting and resourcing universities to ensure all provisional offers are honoured.
In addition, Ministers must follow the example of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister and commit to an independent review of the process - that's what transparent and accountable leadership looks like.