0370 270 6000

GCSE grading dispute escalates

31 October 2012

Local authorities, teaching unions, schools and pupils have launched a legal action against Ofsted and two examination boards. Their aim is to force a re-grade of June’s GCSE English papers.

The action has been issued on behalf of six professional bodies, 167 pupils, 150 schools and 42 councils. The group will seek judicial review of the alleged unlawful approach to marking of summer English papers stating that the decisions are“incompatible with the most elementary principles of fairness, rationality and good administration” and “prejudiced the life chances of thousands of children”.

The exam boards, and Ofqual, which held an inquiry into the problems but has stood by the grading, have stated that they will rigourously defend their decisions.

Whilst it is doubtful whether the case will be heard before 45,000 resit their English exams in November, the action increases the pressure on Ofqual and the exam boards to follow the lead of the Welsh government, which ordered the WJEC to regrade Welsh students’ papers.

Related opinions

Judicial Review of school exclusion reconsideration dismissed on all grounds

The recent case of R (on the application of A Parent) v Governing Body of XYZ School [2022] EWHC 1146 (Admin) provides some welcome and reassuring guidance to governing boards on the exclusion reconsideration process.

View blog

60 seconds with… Emma Hughes

With 19 HR experts now supporting over 500 schools and trusts across the country, in this edition of 60 seconds we sit down with Emma Hughes, who leads the team, to discuss what this significant milestone means to her.

View blog

Fines for unsafe removal of asbestos in schools

In order to reduce the risk of potential breaches, schools should follow this Health and Safety Executive guidance.

View blog

Asbestos: Still the UK’s number one occupational killer

A ResPublica report highlighted that asbestos continues to be the UK’s number one occupational killer, with nurses and teachers 3 to 5 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general UK population. The House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee is investigating how the HSE manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up