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GCSE exams 'generously graded'

Exam regulator Ofqual has said January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously", but the June boundaries were properly set and candidates' work properly graded.

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Regulator: "the issue is January, not June grade boundaries"

  • For GCSE 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
  • The issue is January, not the June grade boundaries
  • Understandably, schools were over-reliant on the January 2012 boundaries to set expectations as there was little other information available to them

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