- New GCSE English syllabuses introduced with pupils sitting an exam and submitting two pieces of coursework (so-called 'controlled assessment') done under strict classroom supervision
- January: First students take GCSE exams via controlled assesment
- June: Majority of students complete GCSE English exams
- August 23: Proportion of GCSEs awarded grade C or above for the first time in history
- August 24: Teachers union urges Michael Gove to establish independent inquiry
- August 28: ASCL calls for students marked down in June to have grades reissued and based on January grade boundaries.
- August 31: Ofqual publishes report saying January's exams were "graded generously" and that June exams were properly graded.
- September 7: Schools unite to demand an inquiry
Ofqual denied applying pressure to exam boards to change their grades, saying it was merely playing its proper role in regulating standards.
Schools alliance have announced they have formed an alliance to demand an independent inquiry into the GCSE English grading fiasco.
Exams regulator, Ofqual is to look again at some GCSE English results amid claims that thousands of students have been treated unfairly.