Friday, 28 September 2012

Camden joins campaign for GCSE re-grading

Camden Council is joining more than 150 organisations to call for re-grading of the recent GCSE exams, after the announcement that this year’s English exams were marked harder than in previous years.

Camden schools’ GCSE marks have improved by 8% in the last three years, from 51% in 2009 to 59% in 2012 gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths. Camden schools have also continued to exceed the Government’s minimum target for all secondary schools to have 40% students achieving the benchmark five or more A*-C grade GSCEs including English and Maths.

But a recent Camden scrutiny panel noted that progress in schools was dented because of this unfair change, meaning that around 110 children on the C-to-D boarderline had their chances to get into 6th form or apprenticeships damaged.

Camden along with 35 other councils, six teaching associations and unions and 113 schools have proposed a Judicial Review of the examinations regulator OfQual, and the exam boards AQA and Edexel. The legal action is designed to bring about an immediate re-grading of English GCSE exams taken in June 2012.

Labour's Angela Mason, Cabinet member for children, said:  Action has already been taken with the re-grading of exams in Wales, and we will continue to fight – through the courts if necessary - for similar action for Camden’s young people.”

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