Head set to meet exams regulator

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A HEADTEACHER was due to meet exam regulators yesterday to press them to overturn ‘unfair’ GCSE grades.

Geoff Barton, of King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, was hoping to present examples of work by students ‘who have been let down’ by the controversial changes to grade boundaries to Glenys Stacey, chief executive of Ofqual.

It follows the regulator’s decision to stand by the new grading system, which saw many students predicted a grade C in English receive D, and instead offer early resits to affected pupils. Education secretary Michael Gove admitted pupils were treated unfairly.

Mr Barton, who planned to join members of the Association of School and College Leaders for the meeting in Coventry, said: “I’m going to take evidence and ask what’s going to happen. It isn’t acceptable for the head of Ofqual and Secretary of State to acknowledge there’s a problem, to say it’s unfair and not to put it right.

“It’s a real betrayal of young people.”

Hugh O’Neill, head at St Benedict’s Catholic School, said Ofqual’s decision was ‘deeply unsatisfactory’.

They plan to appeal to the exam body AQA to ask it to reconsider how grades were awarded. They are also considering individual appeals against the marks.

Graham Newman, cabinet member for education at Suffolk County Councl, said he wanted to see papers remarked rather than exams resat. He added: “It isn’t good for pupils to wait until next year to find out whether they’ve got that pass.”