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Pupils from Lord Lawson of Beamish School, in Birtley, were among those who got lower GCSE English grades than they were predicted, because of changes to the grade boundaries.
Ofqual, the exams regulator, has issued its response to North East schools considering legal action over GCSE English grades. Exam boards confirmed it was harder for pupils sitting the exam in July to get a C-grade pass than those who sat it in January.
Previously, the regulator had released a report into the dispute, confirming that there was a difference between the exam sessions, but saying it was the January grade boundaries which were wrong - not those in June, which affect most pupils.
A number of North East schools are considering taking legal action after their pupils were awarded lower grades this summer in their GCSE English exam.
Exam boards have confirmed they made it more difficult for students to get a C grade this summer compared to similar exams in January.
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The Education Secretary Michael Gove says there will be no inquiry into GCSE English grades. Now schools here consider legal action.