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Commenting on the formal legal challenge from a group of teaching unions, schools and councils to this year’s GCSE marking scandal, the head of the National Union of Teachers has said:
A group of teachers' unions, local councils and schools have formally issued High Court proceedings against the exam regulator Ofqual and exam boards AQA and Edexcel over this year's English GCSE exam.
- The row over the summer's GCSE English results broke out after it emerged that grading boundaries for GCSE English were altered between January and June.
- The grade boundaries for the GCSE English foundation paper were changed for a C award by 10 marks between the January 2012 and June 2012 exams.
- This change of boundary is unprecedented.
- In Lewisham 163 pupils have been left with D grades who, had they sat the exam in January, would have got a C. This is mirrored in every authority in the country.
- Overall, 63.9% of GCSE English exams were awarded at least a C, a 1.5% drop on the year before.
Some 180 students are part of an alliance that will today launch legal action over the changes to grade boundaries in English GCSEs.
More than 100 schools, 36 councils and seven professional bodies have formed the alliance to take legal action against regulators Ofqual, and exam bodies AQA and Edexcel.
They are calling for exam papers taken in June this year to be remarked, within the same boundaries as those taken in January.