GCSE results row – read a student’s story

One of our members described the GCSE English grading as a ‘complete shambles’ and many of you agree with him. This week a student, who nearly lost her college place because of the new grade boundaries, shared her story with on our newly created Facebook page: GCSE Grading: Support the petition for an independent inquiry.

The GCSE results saga continues with Education Secretary Michael Gove refusing to intervene in the row of GCSE English grades. The head of Ofsted has said that GCSEs need a thorough overhaul and next week the Education Select Committee will be investigating the dispute. We were one of the first to post the Ofqual report on Twitter via @Eteach where they reported that the January results were ‘Generously graded’

The Telegraph reported that The chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that the row should be used as a catalyst to examine whether the whole system is ‘credible’, to tackle declining standards and the slump in England’s ranking in international education league tables.  However, Sir Michael said he agreed with Ofqual’s decision against regrading and to only offer resits.

Thousands of students who last month received a D in GCSE English on marks that would have earned a C in January are at the centre of the row and some of them have shared their views and experience on our Facebook petition. One student, who got her college place but faces a resit, asked to remain anonymous:

‘I am affected by the GCSE English grade changes as I got a D grade (2 UMS marks from a C grade). Because of this I almost lost my college place studying photography (luckily the tutor agreed that the changing of the grades was wrong so she let me in).  I now have to spend a year resitting English at college for the sake of someone else’s mistake. I hope this is all resolved soon and the old grade boundaries are brought back. Please feel free to use this as evidence if needed.’

What advice would you give Education Secretary Michael Gove?  Have your students been affected?

For more information and to find out the latest news on the story – join and support our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/EnglishInquiryGCSE

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