Michael Barry, the headteacher of St Matthew Academy in Blackheath, London, tells ITV News that Ofqual's findings have "tarnished the teaching profession" and says the body should have resolved the issue by re-grading the GCSE English exams.
Pupils from St Matthew Academy in Blackheath, London, tell ITV News about the pressures they are facing now that their GCSE English results have been downgraded by the exams regulator.
Headteacher Michael Barry told ITV News that Ofqual's finding that teachers "over-marked" English GCSEs is "wrong".
#Ofqual undoubtedly diverting any blame from themselves, but highlighting (at last) implications of high-stakes accountability is positive.
I am incredulous at #ofqual statement on exam marks. Preposterous. Teachers' marking is moderated so Ofqual is making this up. Ludicrous
Deputy General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders Malcolm Trobe said teachers and schools would be "insulted" by Ofqual's report.
An English teacher has told ITV News that Ofqual's report was the "latest in a category of insults against teachers".
Chris Edwards, who wrote an open letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove in September criticising the decline of A* to C GCSE grades, said:
I'd like to say I'm shocked and surprised by this report but it's the latest in a category of insults against teachers.
You can imagine how demoralising this is for youngsters, they've got to resit exams on Wednesday and you can imagine how difficult it is to sit an exam you've already taken.
Ofqual don't seem to make any reference as to what they will do about this situation and they've turned the blame on the teachers which is unbelievable.
Asked whether teachers were under pressure to secure good grades, Mr Edwards said:
Most teachers thrive on that pressure but it doesn't help that every time results go up it's down to exams getting easier.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has accused Ofqual of "shifting blame" in a report which suggests pupils have been let down by the exams system.
Ofqual's report into GCSE English exams found that many schools used the marks pupils received in their first exams and the January grade boundaries to work out what score a pupil would need in their controlled assessment and marked it accordingly.
The majority of controlled assessment work was submitted in the summer, and examiners saw evidence of over-marking.
As a result, grade boundaries were raised to take account of this, and led to some students getting lower grades than expected.
Ofqual chief regulator Glenys Stacey said the distribution of this year's GCSE English results, which saw bunching around the C grade boundary, was "shocking".
Ofqual chief regulator Glenys Stacey has said "children have been let down" by school exam systems and that she was "shocked" by the findings of the report.
– Ofqual chief regulator Glenys Stacey
We have been shocked by what we have found. Children have been let down. That won't do.
It's clear that children are increasingly spending too much time jumping through hoops rather than learning the real skills they need in life. That won't do.
Teachers feel under enormous pressure in English, more than in any other subject, and we have seen that too often, this is pushing them to the limit. That won't do either.
Headteachers have said that tens of thousands of teenagers received lower GCSE English grades than expected this year after exam boards moved the grade boundaries between January and June.
An initial report by Ofqual concluded that some of January's assessments were "graded generously" but the June boundaries were properly set and candidates' work properly graded.
The regulator today published its second report, looking at the reasons behind the changes in results.