Monday, 10 December 2012

Judicial review of GCSE grading

A delegation from Leeds will join headteachers, councils and members of the leading teaching unions outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday for the start of the judicial review into the GCSE English grading scandal. The attendees, who are members of the broad educational alliance which has brought the case to court, will be available for pictures, filming and interview.

When: 9.30am, Tuesday 11 December 2012
Where: outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services in Leeds, said:
“Thousands of young people up and down the country have been affected by this grading fiasco and it is on their behalf that we all welcome the start of the Judicial Review.

”We are determined to get a fair decision for these young people, which is why we have pushed for the Judicial Review to take place. I hope that good sense will prevail and that it results in a positive outcome for those that have been unfairly affected.”

Those present will include:
Headteachers:  Chris Walsh, headteacher of Boston Spa school, Leeds; Michael Barry, headteacher, St Matthew Academy, Blackheath
Councils: Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children's services, Leeds City Council; Councillor Helen Klier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Lewisham Council
Professional bodies: Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL); Russell Hobby, General Secretary of National Association of Headteachers (NAHT); Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT)

The judicial review of the decisions of exam boards AQA and Edexcel and the exam regulator Ofqual that led to a shift in the grade boundaries used for this summer’s GCSE English exams begins on Tuesday 11 December 2012.

A total of 167 pupils, 150 schools and 42 councils from the length and breadth of England and six professional bodies are taking the joint action. An estimated 10,000 students who took their English GCSE exam in June 2012 consequently missed out on a C grade as a result of the decisions. These students had achieved exactly the same standard as their classmates who were awarded a C grade just a few months earlier.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Emma Whittell
Leeds City Council press office
0113 247 4713 or email emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk