'Championing the rights of children'

GCSE English results challenged in High Court

Garry Tue 11 Dec 2012 09:16

An unprecedented legal challenge of last summer's GCSE English results will open at London's High Court later.

An alliance of pupils, teaching unions, schools and councils is seeking a judicial review of last-minute shifts in grade boundaries in June's exams.

If the court grants a judicial review, a three-day hearing will begin immediately. Secondary heads' union ASCL said it was "quietly optimistic".

Exams regulator Ofqual is not commenting ahead of the hearing.

The challenge calls for GCSE English exam papers taken by pupils last June to be regraded in line with grade boundaries used for the same exams in January 2012.

'Unprecedented margin'
It questions decisions by exam boards AQA and Edexcel to raise the grade boundaries by an "unprecedented margin" from January 2012 to June 2012 . It also challenges the decision by the regulator Ofqual to "approve, or fail to reverse, that change".

The alliance says some 10,000 pupils consequently missed out on a C grade in GCSE English, which is a crucial benchmark used for entry into further education, vocational training and employment, but the decision affected all the grade margins.

Read more ... (BBC News - 11 December)