Leeds education bosses start challenge over GCSE results

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Many students did not get the result they were predicted Photo: Calendar

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.

"I am very disappointed that it has come to this point. The legal challenge was always our last resort. We already have over 50 other local authorities and professional organisations in the consortium as well as hundreds of individual schools, which gives massive weight to our legal challenge and proves that we are far from alone in this fight."

– Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City council

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.

"Clearly there are lessons to be learned all round from what happened this summer. While I was confident that AQA had maintained standards, it is reassuring that the regulator's review has confirmed that we followed the correct procedures and awarded the right grades."

– Andrew Hall, AQA's Chief Executive

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.