Fresh claims in GCSEs row
Exams regulator Ofqual first identified a major problem at the heart of this summer’s English GCSE grading crisis almost three years ago but failed to act on it, it has been claimed.
The watchdog highlighted concerns that modular GCSEs created particular risks in maintaining standards because they allowed pupils to “bank” grades early, and came up with a workable solution that might have avoided the row that has erupted since last week, but decided not to implement it, the TES said.
Headteachers have claimed that tens of thousands of teenagers could have been adversely affected by grade boundary changes in GCSE English.
National GCSE results for all subjects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, published last week, revealed 69.4 per cent of exams were given at least a C grade – down 0.4 percentage points on last summer.
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