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Welsh exam decision challenges English regulator

17 September 2012

The debate over the GCSE English grades has taken a new turn as the Welsh government ordered a regrade of the exam papers.

While the Head of Ofqual (the regulator in England) maintained that the June grade boundaries were set at the right level, the regulator in Wales (the Welsh government) requested "swift resolution of injustice". This means that as well as disparity in grades between those who sat the exam in January and those who took it in June, there will also be inconsistent results between those pupils who took it inWalescompared to pupils in exam centres inEngland.

The fact that the two regulators have taken opposite stances on the same exam board's paper calls into question the rationality of at least one of these approaches and will offer little comfort to teachers, parents and pupils who have lost faith in the exam system.

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