The GCSE results this summer are thought to have been downgraded, and because of that reason many head teachers and local authorities have threatened to take legal actions in order to clarify the case.
Earlier this month the results from this year`s GCSEs have been released and it turned out that the requirements to achieve a certain grade were higher than the previous years, and even in exams taken as recently as January. Because of these changes many students who expected for example C grade, got D. Of course the preparation of the students is of highest importance, however this year for the first time the the proportion of GCSEs resulting in A-C grades fell, causing many students , who would have achieved higher grades according to the previous requirements, could now miss college or six-form places.
Local authorities claim that this situation may include a case of discrimination, as it mainly affects students from the ethnic minorities or poor backgrounds.
The The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is also one of the organisations, which oppose the changes. General Secretary Michael Hobby suggested the change had been made as a result of “unsubstantiated concerns” that the pass rate for GCSEs taken in January had been too high, in an open letter to education secretary Michael Gove.
Gove replayed to the questions that he had never put any pressure on Ofqual to change the grade boundaries.
Ofqual thoroughly understands the concerns of all teachers, parents and councils and they are now ready to start investigating the case. However, on the other hand NAHT said they believe an investigation conducted only by Ofqual will not be sufficient and might be even subjective, as by the investigation they are required to find out their own failings.
Meanwhile, Michael Gove is at the centre of another outcry today after pulling the funding for a free school in Bradford without warning, days before it was set to open its doors.