Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Rejects Call to Regrade English GCSEs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Rejects Call to Regrade English GCSEs

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

THOUSANDS of teenagers who got lower than expected GCSE English marks will not have their papers regraded after a judge dismissed a High Court claim today.

An alliance of pupils, unions, schools and councils challenged changes in grade boundaries that saw many doing worse in their exams than predicted.

But Lord Justice Elias today dismissed the judicial review application. In his judgment, he wrote that although there was "widespread and genuine concern" and "on the face of it an unfairness which needed to be explained", neither watchdog Ofqual nor the exam awarding bodies had taken unlawful action.

The alliance had argued that pupils who took English exams in June got lower marks than those who sat them in January because grade boundaries were changed. More than 10,000 pupils missed out on a crucial C grade because of the boundary changes, which is needed for many jobs and higher education courses. …

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