'Championing the rights of children'

Pupils find out GCSE English retake results

Garry Thu 20 Dec 2012 09:56

Nearly 50,000 pupils who retook their English GCSEs after a row about grades this summer are getting their results.

Just over a third have been awarded at least a C grade, with the remainder given a D or lower.

It is thought a similar proportion got a higher grade than they did in the summer.

More than 31,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland retook English language, while nearly 16,800 pupils retook English.

Schools, pupils, councils and head teachers have mounted a legal challenge over the awarding of grades this summer.

There was an outcry over the original GCSE English results, with head teachers and schools saying 50,000 teenagers received worse results than they should have done and that many failed to get the C grades they were expecting.

Overall, the percentage of pupils who achieved at least a grade C in English GCSE dropped from 65.4% in 2011 to 63.9% in provisional figures published this summer. There was also a drop in the percentage of pupils awarded an A or an A*.

This year's results prompted a big increase in appeals - with 276,000 challenges against marking, which resulted in more than 45,000 grades being changed at GCSE and A-level.

Read more ... (BBC News - 19 December)