General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, has hit out at Education Secretary Michael Gove's response in Parliament to today's Education Questions. She said:
The Secretary of State has to accept that the situation in relation to GCSE grades in English this year is utterly unfair and unacceptable.
Now is not the time to stand on the sidelines debating the value or otherwise of GCSEs. There needs to be an independent inquiry into how pupils who would have achieved a C grade in January, got a D in June. There also needs to be an immediate regrading not re-marking of this year’s English exams.
If Michael Gove fails to respond to these requests, the only option left will be to look at the possibility of legal action into this sorry state of affairs.
The exam regulator says GCSE English exams were graded generously in January, but it found no problem with the boundaries set for June.
England's exams watchdog, Ofqual, is to set out its initial findings on the row over English GCSEs.