Bristol mayoral candidate's anger at GCSE marking 'whitewash'
THE deputy leader of Bristol City Council has described a report into the marking of this year's GCSE English papers as a "whitewash".
After investigating complaints that grade boundaries had been changed at the last minute, exams regulator Ofqual announced that the qualification would not be regraded.
The regulator admitted grade boundaries were higher in exams taken in June exams than they were in papers sat in January, but insisted it would be "inappropriate" to reconsider them.
Head teachers are considering whether to mount a legal challenge, despite students getting an opportunity to resit exams or resubmit work in November.
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The city council's deputy leader Jon Rogers, who is the Liberal Democrats' mayoral candidate, wrote to the Prime Minister last month demanding a full inquiry into what went wrong with the marking of GCSE English papers this summer.
Ofqual's report said exam boards had acted properly, but had raised the boundaries in June after results given to students who sat exams in January were over-generous.
Dr Rogers said: "This in no way explains why they changed the criteria and why so many of our young people's results have been downgraded."
Several Bristol schools have expressed anger at students receiving lower than anticipated English GCSE grades. Head teachers say many students were left disappointed after being awarded Ds instead of Cs.
Heads at Hanham High School, Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds, Colston's School in Stapleton, Backwell School and Nailsea School have all been critical of the last-minute changes to the system.