Education bosses at Leeds City council, and schools across the city, are to launch a legal challenge over what they call the 'unfair grading of GCSE English papers' this year.
Leeds City Council have joined other authorities in raising concerns into the grading of GCSE English, and has been supporting students who sat the exam.
Lewisham Council is leading the national challenge has today taken the first steps towards legal action, by issuing a formal letter to the examination regulator Ofqual and exam boards AQA and Edexcel.
The legal challenge is being made on behalf of students nationally who would have received a grade C had their papers been marked in January, but were awarded a D because they were marked in June, because of an change in grade boundaries.
The aim of the challenge is to have these papers re-graded at the January level.
Ofqual's investigation found:
- For GCSE English this summer, a complex and unique set of circumstances came together to create a highly unusual situation for schools, colleges and their students.
- The standard set for the GCSE English is comparable with the standard in previous years.
- June grade boundaries were properly set, and candidates work properly graded.
Edexcel are preparing a statement.