More than 65,000 teenagers may have missed out on C grade passes in their English GCSE because of last-minute changes to grade boundaries, according to the latest analysis of the figures.
The analysis, for the Association of School and College Leaders, indicates at least half of the 133,906 candidates who obtained D grades would have received C if the grade boundary had not been raised at the last minute. David Blow, headteacher of Ashcombe School, Dorking, Surrey - a member of the association's data group - told the Times Educational Supplement earlier calculations that the figure was around 10,000 appeared to be an underestimate.
He said he was basing his analysis on statistics supplied by the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) exam board, which had the largest number of GCSE English and English language entries.
The analysis showed pupils who scraped a C in a test on understanding texts and creative writing in January would have needed four extra marks to do so in June. In the higher level English exam, a pupil with a minimum C grade mark in January would have needed an extra six marks in June. …