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Schools launch GCSE legal action

A group of teachers' unions, local councils and schools have formally issued High Court proceedings against the exam regulator Ofqual and exam boards AQA and Edexcel over changes to grade boundaries in this year's GCSE English exam.

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Fall in GCSE top grades sparked row

  • The row over the summer's GCSE English results broke out after it emerged that grading boundaries for GCSE English were altered between January and June.
  • The grade boundaries for the GCSE English foundation paper were changed for a C award by 10 marks between the January 2012 and June 2012 exams.
  • This change of boundary is unprecedented.
  • In Lewisham 163 pupils have been left with D grades who, had they sat the exam in January, would have got a C. This is mirrored in every authority in the country.
  • Overall, 63.9% of GCSE English exams were awarded at least a C, a 1.5% drop on the year before.

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