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Gove denies GSCE grade pressure

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has denied putting pressure on exam boards to make grading tougher. On Friday the regulator Ofqual said January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously", but the June boundaries were properly set and graded.

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Timeline of the row surrounding English GCSE grades

The row over the grading of GCSE English papers is still continuing. Here's a timeline of the key events:

  • 2010: New GCSE English syllabuses introduced with pupils sitting an exam and submitting two pieces of coursework, under classroom supervision.
  • January 2012: First students begin English GCSE.
  • June: Majority of students complete qualification
  • 23 August: Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their GCSEs. Proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C falls for first time ever.
  • 24 August: Head teachers urge Michael Gove to conduct an inquiry into this year's GCSEs.
  • 25 August: Exams regular Ofqual says it'll look at grades again.
  • 28 August: Association of School and College Leaders calls for students marked down in June to have grades reissued.
  • 31 August: Ofqual publishes report saying that January's GCSE English exams were "graded generously" and that June boundaries were properly set and candidates' work properly graded.

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