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Exclusive: Ofqual considers grading shake-up that could cause English GCSE results to plummet

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Well, the story doesn't actually say what they are planning to do - it hangs like a sentence without a main clause.
    However, it seems to imply that the agreement to benchmark the 5 to a C for one year is being changed so that a pass will now be a 4 which is around a B-.
    I have said already that this will shrink sixth forms, reduce entry to HE and send more to apprentices.
  3. Godmeister

    Godmeister Occasional commenter

    Another way to ensure the government can bash teachers. Change the requirements to be considered good enough with little warning, vague specs and zero input into the exam marking process. Then the overall grades drop and so begins another round of changing education policy to "raise standards".
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  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Until we know what extra things they have to do to meet the "required standard" it's difficult to know waht to say other than it bears all the marks of a Government trying to raise standards by legislation rather than improvement..
  5. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Is their problem that English is really "easier" to get a C in than other subjects, or just that more students get a C in English? The two are not the same - most schools are putting more resources into getting the grades in English, for obvious reasons.
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  6. install

    install Star commenter

    Ofqual gaming with the system?

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