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"Justice" sought for thousands of pupils

Teachers, unions and councillors from the Calendar region have travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice for the start of the judicial review into GCSE marking in the summer. They are members of the "educational alliance" which has brought the case to court.

Among them, the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, Councllor Judith Blake, who says they are seeking justice for thousands of pupils who received lower grades than they should have.


Headteacher calls for exam body to be dissolved

A Headteacher from West Yorkshire is calling for the exam's watchdog Ofqual to be dissolved following the GCSE grades row.

John Townsley, the Principal of the Morley and Farnley Academies in Leeds, says Ofqual's chief regulator should resign.

New evidence suggests the watchdog forced an exam board to make deliberate changes to their grading so fewer pupils would be awarded Grade C in GCSE English. Mr Townsley, who was an Ofqual board member up until March, accused them of bullying and said it was unfair

Lincolnshire GCSE results buck national trend

Provisional figures released today by Lincolnshire schools, including academies, show the overall number of pupils getting 5 or more A*-Cs (including English and Maths) in their GCSEs has increased this year by 0.8% to 63%. This compares to a national trend that shows a fall in GCSE grades.

Two schools, Caistor Grammar School Academy - for the third year running - and Boston High School, achieved 100% at 5+A-C (including English and Maths). Grantham Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School students achieved the highest grades A/A in at least five subjects.

Five schools made huge improvements of 10% or more on their results from last year in 5+A*-C grades – The King Edward VI Humanities College in Spilsby, William Lovell CE School at Stickney, Monks’ Dyke Technology College at Louth, Castle Academy in Lincoln and Banovallum School in Horncastle.

This is yet another outstanding year of results for Lincolnshire schools. It’s a truly incredible achievement by all young people, their teachers, parents and carers, especially in light of the national fall. The students should feel exceptionally proud of all their hard work._

– Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services
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