Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: GCSE resit results poses more questions over marking

11:47 21 December 2012

Geoff Barton from King Edwards School in Bury St Edmunds

Geoff Barton from King Edwards School in Bury St Edmunds

Archant

THE HEADTEACHER of a leading Suffolk school has claimed that results from the GCSE English resits poses more questions about the marking of this summer’s exam.

About 2,000 Suffolk students were left with lower than expected marks after AQA and Edexcel exam boards raised the boundary needed to get a grade C between January and June.

Geoff Barton, of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, who has repeatedly criticised exams regulator Ofqual for not addressing the situation, said grades from November’s resits have again suggested that “something was up” with the marking.

Speaking days after an alliance of schools, councils and teaching unions asked High Court judges to remark June’s papers, Mr Barton said seven out of 11 students who re-sat the English exam achieved higher grades.

He added: “First, good on the students and I am delighted for the students that got their C. But they should not have had to resit.

“I think there are going to be questions about the marking and how strictly they kept to the grade boundaries, and whether it makes for a comparable outcome.”

Mr Barton said “it seems odd” that at least four pupils who had not received extra English teaching or revision classes got better grades on their resit than when they had taken their exam at the end of 11 years of teaching.

The outcome from the judicial review into this summer’s GCSE results is expected on January 13.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), of which Mr Barton is a member, said: “The GCSE English debacle has affected the lives of thousands of young people whose futures have been altered by a statistical aberration.

“We hope the courts will see sense and order a regrade, thus giving those who sat the exam the result they deserve.”

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said: “We are quietly optimistic about the outcome.

“Thousands of young people in England were unfairly downgraded in June in order to compensate for mistakes made earlier in the year.

“The only fair course of action for these students is to regrade the papers.”

Mr Barton said he hoped the ruling would follow the Welsh Government and order a remark.

0 comments

Victim of fatal road incident named

Police have named the man who died in a crash on the A12 at Wangford on Sunday.

Television personality of the 1960s, Cathy McGowan, came to Ipswich in February 1967, to open the Fanny boutique in Crown Street, Ipswich. Cathy was a presenter on the Friday evening rock music, television show, Ready Steady Go, with its slogan,

Opening in 1967, Fanny was the first boutique to open in Ipswich, writes David Kindred,

Sebastian Beaumont-Hewitt and Tobey Bloomfield.

Beaver Scouts in Ipswich celebrate 30th anniversary in swine style.

The scene of the multi vehicle accident on the A14 by the Rougham Industrial Estate

Three motorists who filmed the scene of a seven-vehicle crash which left a lorry driver in a critical condition have attended courses to avoid being fined.

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, centre, and clergy with priests who were ordained at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on Saturday. 25/06/16.

Fifteen new priests and deacons, including two in their 20s, have been ordained during a ceremony in Suffolk.

Miss Teen Suffolk Emma Collingridge who volunteered at last year's Framlingham SausageFest with organisers Jenny Stockman and Richard Harrison.

A Suffolk town’s annual celebration of the Great British banger is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

Natasha Charman is caught red-handed picking Little Scarlet Strawberries during the royal themed Tiptree Strawberry Race.

A berry good time was had by all as more than 60 people raced to pick as much fruit as possible in the annual Tiptree Strawberry Race.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24