Suffolk: Schools given cash boost to help students re-sitting GCSE English exams

EVERY secondary school in Suffolk has been offered �1,500 to help prepare students re-sitting their GCSE English exam next month after this summer’s marking fiasco.

About 2,000 teenagers throughout the county are thought to have been given a lower-than-expected grade, after marking boundaries were changed part way through the year.

County council bosses, who are still campaigning against the results, have now pledged money to schools to fund one-on-one sessions and revision classes for those who may already have left for college or work.

Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member responsible for education and young people, said: “We have been very active in support for the students who suffered from grade boundary changes in this summer’s GCSE examinations.

“While keeping up the pressure to have the results changed, we are also mindful of the needs of students who have opted to undertake re-sits this November.

“We don’t want those who wish to re-take exams to feel unprepared.”

Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI school in Bury St Edmunds, described the county council offer as “a really good gesture”.

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He added: “First of all, we do not want to be in this situation as students and teachers are the victims here. But on the other hand students are at a disadvantage because they may not be at school.

“We are offering one-on-one classes and extra support to get students back up to speed.”