Key events in GCSE gradings row

2010

  • 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

2012

  • 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

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Welsh minister orders GCSE regrade

Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has issued a direction to examination board WJEC to re-grade this summer's English GCSE English language results for qualifications delivered in Wales.