GCSE findings

EXAM regulators are set to publish their initial findings into claims by angry headteachers that tens of thousands of teenagers could have been adversely affected by grade boundary changes in GCSE English.

The national calls for exam papers to be re-graded mirror concerns raised by Hartlepool headteacher Andrew Jordon.

Mr Jordon, head at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, took the unusual step of appealing the English GCSE grades his pupils received claiming there were “too many anomalies”.

Speaking last week, he said he was baffled by the results after finding a 10 to 15 per cent increase in every subject other than English, which had “significantly dropped”.

Headteachers claimed that exam boards had raised grade boundaries in English halfway through the year amid fears that too many children were going to get a C.

Exam regulator Ofqual, which is investigating the issues, has admitted there are questions about how grade boundaries were set in a small number of English units over the year and was due to publish an initial report today.

National GCSE results for all subjects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, published last week, revealed 69.4 per cent of exams were given at least a C grade – down 0.4 percentage points on last summer.