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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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Exam regulator: "The June grade boundaries are right"

Exam regulator Ofqual say, as a result of their findings, they have agreed:

  • Revisiting the June grade boundaries would contradict our responsibility to maintain standards over time. The June boundaries are right
  • It would not be appropriate to revisit the January grade boundaries. That would mean lowering the grades of other students leading to more concerns over unfairness
  • Each of the exam boards offering GCSE English and English Language will provide an exceptional, one-off resit opportunity in November 2012
  • Exam boards will review the advice and guidance they give to schools about GCSE English, including its structure and how grade boundaries are set
  • School and colleges who have submitted an Enquiry About Result for a candidate due to concerns over grade boundaries can withdraw this and incur no cost if they no longer wish to pursue it

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