Schools launch GCSE legal action

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 changes to grade boundaries in this year's GCSE English exam.

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NUT: 'It's a dreadful shame that it has come to this'

It is a dreadful shame that it has come to this.

The Education Secretary should have taken the lead from Wales and re-graded this year’s English GCSEs.

The NUT, as part of a coalition of other interested parties, has been left with no option but to try and redress through the courts the great injustice suffered this year by schools and pupils.

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers

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Teacher: 'GCSE grading not fair'

In the Beijing Olympics we got more gold medals than ever before, this year we got more gold medals than in Beijing. Has the standards changed? No.

People have worked harder, like we have in our school, with extra classes to make sure children do the best they can, they fulfil their potential and because we’re doing well somebody is saying, ‘well that’s not right, you can’t do that well’. That’s not fair and it needs to be put right.

– Michael Barry, Principal, St Matthew Academy

Fall in GCSE top grades sparked row

  • 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.
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