Warning over GCSE grading impact

Hundreds of schools saw a large fall in the numbers of pupils scoring at least a C in GCSE English this year, heads said today, as they warned that the fiasco could be repeated in the future.

Pupils sit a GCSE maths exam Credit: Press Association

There are "strong grounds to be fearful" that the problems seen this summer could happen again next year, not just in English, but other subjects as well, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said.

In an open letter, the union said that a quarter of secondary schools, around 750 in total, saw at least a 10% drop in the numbers of pupils achieving a C or better in GCSE English this year, and around a fifth, 600 schools, saw at least a 15% drop.

It also warned that the scandal had "far reaching implications", and could affect major education reforms, such as the Government's plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate Certificate.