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06 December 2020 12:35

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The director of the Wellcome Trust has spent the last nine months under intense pressure, advising government ministers on Covid-19 as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). Yet Sir Jeremy Farrar has revealed that his most frequent nightmare has been about sitting his A-levels more than 40 years ago. "I used to wake up thinking, 'Have I got to do my bloody A-levels again?' For years, and it's only in the last year or two I've got over that actually. In an interview on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Farrar spoke about the importance of giving people a second chance in education and said he would be "thrilled" if his story could serve as an inspiration for pupils dealing with poor exam results. "Having been pretty good at sport at various levels and being head of the school, I then hit this brick wall.

As an 18- or 19-year-old, that comes as a pretty big shock. I had to resit them and then I had to knock on doors in London around universities a year later." He told Desert Island Discs' host, Lauren Laverne, that he felt it was important to show that "there are late developers, there are people that have bad days". He added: "I just hope we haven't lost, as a world, the ability to let people have a second chance in education because I do worry it's become so pressured." Last month, he said: "I've made mistakes, Patrick [Vallance] and Chris [Whitty] would say they've made mistakes, but science has been front and centre." The former head of Oxford's clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, said he was optimistic about life looking "a lot more like normal" come next spring. "There's light at the end of the tunnel," he said on the programme. It's got there quicker than I thought it would … The world won't suddenly revert to normal when spring comes, but it'll look a lot more like normal than it does today." Sage adviser reveals he failed his A-levels but got a 'second chance Sir Jeremy said he would be 'thrilled' if people are inspired by his story of things turning out well after poor exam result One of the country's leading health experts has revealed he had to resit his A-levels and has spoken about the importance of giving people a second chance in education.

Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises ministers on Covid-19, said he has just recently stopped having nightmares in relation to his A-levels. Sir Jeremy, director of the Wellcome Trust, said he would be "thrilled" if people are inspired by his story of things turning out well after poor exam results and that he worries about how "pressured" education has become. Appearing on the BBC's Desert Island Discs, Sir Jeremy reflected on his school days and the fact some people are "late developers" or have "bad days". He told the programme: "I was playing an enormous amount of sport in the latter years of school and there's no doubt that I neglected some of those studies, and probably wasn't good enough either is the truth. "Having been pretty good at sport at various levels, and being head of the school and all of those sorts of things, I then hit this brick wall, which was I didn't quite fail, but I might as well have done, failed my A-levels, and that was as an 18/19-year-old, and that comes as a pretty big shock.

"I had to resit them and then I had to knock on doors in London around universities a year later, but I used to wake up with nightmares thinking 'Have I got to do my bloody A-levels again?'. Professor Jeremy Farrar said he would be thrilled if someone was inspired by his story (Photo: Chau Doan/LightRocket/ Getty) "For years, and it's only in the last year or two I've got over that actually. It's amazing, the scars. "It also shows you there are late developers, there are people that come to it late, there are people that have bad days, and I just hope we haven't lost, as a world, the ability to let people have a second chance in education because I do worry it's become so pressured. "To be able to say that you failed your A-levels and things turned out okay, I think if that inspires a single other individual who listen to this, I'll be thrilled." Sir Jeremy also expressed optimism about life looking "a lot more like normal" come next spring. "There's light at the end of the tunnel. It's got there quicker than I thought it would. "I didn't think within a year we would have the sorts of results we've seen in the last week or two with the vaccine and the drugs, therapeutics and the diagnostics. "We've got a difficult few weeks ahead of us but there is hope at the end of the tunnel, there is light there. "The world won't suddenly revert to normal when spring comes next year, but it'll look a lot more like normal than it does today," he said. One of the country's top health experts has revealed he had to resit his A-levels - and has only recently stopped having nightmares about them. Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar - a member of the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - said some students are 'late developers' or have 'bad days' and they should be offered second chances. Sir Jeremy said he would be 'thrilled' if people are inspired by his story of things turning out well after poor exam results. The scientists - who sits on the body advising ministers on Covid-19 - said he worries about how 'pressured' education has become. Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar - a member of the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - has revealed he had to resit his A-levels - and has only recently stopped having nightmares about them Appearing on Desert Island Discs, Sir Jeremy reflected on his school days and said: 'I was playing an enormous amount of sport in the latter years of school and there's no doubt that I neglected some of those studies, and probably wasn't good enough either is the truth. 'Having been pretty good at sport at various levels, and being head of the school and all of those sorts of things, I then hit this brick wall, which was I didn't quite fail, but I might as well have done, failed my A-levels, and that was as an 18/19-year-old, and that comes as a pretty big shock. 'I had to resit them and then I had to knock on doors in London around universities a year later, but I used to wake up with nightmares thinking "Have I got to do my bloody A-levels again?". 'It also shows you there are late developers, there are people that come to it late, there are people that have bad days, and I just hope we haven't lost, as a world, the ability to let people have a second chance in education because I do worry it's become so pressured. 'To be able to say that you failed your A-levels and things turned out okay, I think if that inspires a single other individual who listen to this, I'll be thrilled.' Sir Jeremy, the director of the Wellcome Trust, also expressed optimism about life looking 'a lot more like normal' come next spring. 'There's light at the end of the tunnel. 'I didn't think within a year we would have the sorts of results we've seen in the last week or two with the vaccine and the drugs, therapeutics and the diagnostics. Sir Jeremy said he would be 'thrilled' if people are inspired by his story of things turning out well after poor exam results (file image) 'We've got a difficult few weeks ahead of us but there is hope at the end of the tunnel, there is light there. 'The world won't suddenly revert to normal when spring comes next year, but it'll look a lot more like normal than it does today,' he said. Last month, Sir Jeremy claimed that both Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance have made 'mistakes' during the pandemic. Sir Jeremy Farrar said scientists had been thrust into the forefront of debate during the coronavirus crisis. Sir Jeremy, who also 'publicly thanked' the pair's contribution to navigating the UK out of the pandemic, did not refer to which 'mistakes' he meant.