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Fewer pupils gain five good GCSE grades

Fewer pupils gained five good GCSE grades this year due to ongoing major reform of the examination system. Fred and Sarah link to our Social Affairs correspondent, Christine Alsford.


Statement from AQA, responsible for half of A-level and GCSE exams

"We are very focused on getting the right result for students and we have a number of quality control systems in place during the marking process. We also carry out detailed analysis to continuously improve the quality of marking. However, unfortunately we don’t always get it right and if a school is unhappy with a student’s results, they can ask us to take another look.

“In most cases where a review leads to a change, the results will go up or down by only one or two marks. Significant increases are more unusual and automatically trigger a process where we look at all the school’s exam scripts in that subject.

“We appreciate how important exam results are to students and schools and we are very sorry if we don’t get it right first time.”

Concerns over GCSE and A-level grades as hundreds are re-marked

Record numbers of GCSE and A-level papers are set to be re-marked because some schools have concerns over the quality of grading.

One secondary in the South is adamant that 90 pupils have been given the wrong English grades - at another, in Sussex, hundreds of marks have been changed after being challenged.

One pupil's mark went up by FIVE grades. The biggest exam board has defended marking saying their processes are subject to strict quality control.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to: Steve Marshall-Taylor, Deputy Head at Brighton College; Brighton College pupils; Heather McIlroy, Executive Headteacher at The Mountbatten School, Romsey; and pupil Emma Rudge.

How will GCSE announcement affect our schools - full report

Plans to replace the current GCSE exams with a new type of qualification are being scrapped by the Government.

The news has been broadly welcomed by schools in the south, following months of concern and opposition to the proposals.

The Education Secretary and Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove announced the change of heart in the Commons today.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on latest developments and speaks to Jennifer Smith of Brighton & Hove High School for Girls, and Christopher Anders of Park Community School.


Calls for regrading after GCSE results

The Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has been speaking out about this year's GCSE results after meeting Head Teachers in Southampton.

The proportion of teenagers in England achieving at least five grade Cs at GCSE is down this year official figures show.

Teachers unions say the fall of nearly half a per cent fall is a result of the marking of this year's English exams, which saw the grade boundaries change between January and May.

But the exams regulator says the results are fair.