“Go back and check for mistakes…” *

brian-lightmanAlways sound advice at the end of an examination and even at this late stage OFQUAL, the exams watchdog, may be forced to go back and correct the results of this summer’s examinations. The High Court starts hearing today the arguments put by, amongst others, Brian Lightman (left) of ASCL (a pretty moderate ‘union’ representing  head teachers and college principals) that OFQUAL and the examination boards acted unfairly in raising the GCSE English grade boundary for achieving a C by ten marks between January and June this year. Schools believe thousands of students were unfairly awarded a D when their work merited a C with, in some cases, serious consequences for students’ future education opportunities. Continue reading