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Exams: A 'broken' system?

Teaching unions say they are still considering taking legal action over the results of this year's GCSE English exams. This follows the decision by the exam regulator Ofqual to allow disappointed pupils to re-sit their exams in November rather than to have their results re-graded. Ofqual said in an interim report yesterday that this year's GCSE English exams will not be re-graded, despite widespread complaints from schools.

Stephen Chamberlain, Stephen Chamberlain, executive principal of Clacton Coastal Academy, told presenter Justin Webb that "Ofqual were asked to put right a wrong and have failed to do that. Simply asking students to retake is not an effective solution.

"It's simply a case of going back to the January grade boundaries and making sure that students who took the examinations in June are fairly treated."

Sir Chris Woodhead, former chief inspector of schools in England, said "the simplest thing would be to draw a line under it, do what the teachers and unions want and give the summer students the grades they would have received in January."

He added: "It is extremely bad news for the young people involved and teachers. But this could be the event that brings the crisis in public examination to a point where politicians have to act."

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