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Headteacher of Bury St Edmunds school ‘optimistic’ as GCSE debacle takes another twist

One to One - Feature on Geoff Barton - Head of King Edward VI School

One to One - Feature on Geoff Barton - Head of King Edward VI School

Teachers accused of generous marking by exam watchdog Ofqual have been vindicated by an exam board at the centre of the English GCSE fiasco.

Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, said parents had been ‘disgusted’ at Ofquals claims that it was over generous marking by teachers of course work that led to this summer’s ‘under performance’ in GCSE English.

The school had its coursework checked by a moderator employed through the AQA exam board, the same exam board whose grade boundary changes are said to be responsible for thousands 
of pupils missing out on a C grade.

The moderator’s report said marking at the Bury school was ‘fair and accurate’ and Mr Barton said the same had happened in 95 per cent of other schools.

“It raises very significant questions. I am optimistic. The plot curdles by the day,” he said.

He also welcomed news that a judge has said a judicial review could be held in public within the next few weeks.

 

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