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WJEC Ordered to Re-Grade GCSE English Language (But Only in Wales)

Discussion in 'English' started by CandysDog, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Maybe, by asking WJEC to re-grade he put WJEC in a difficult position as they had to deal with English and Northern Irish regulators too. Now that he has instructed them, maybe it makes it easier for WJEC to negotiate with the English and N. Irish regulators as they don't have any choice in the matter - they have to regrade Welsh candidates' results.

    So maybe he wasn't being trigger happy. Maybe he was doing the right thing and perhaps he was wrong to publically ask them to look at regrading in the first place.
    Either way, I think the other countries' ministers and regulators are more in the wrong.

  2. aos


    The WJEC website states that they will be regrading C and D grades. What about the rest? The Unit 2 raw pass mark of 15 in Jan was an E grade in June - not even a D.....
  3. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    The decision of focus on C/D grades because that's what the Welsh Government have told WJEC to do.

    WJEC asked for discussions, but the Welsh Government refused.

    (Having said that, you are referring to Grade E on the Higher tier of an exam that could be taken twice and is only worth 20% - the number of students affected the issue you allude to must be tiny.)
  4. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    Leighton Andrews can issue instructions to any exam board operating in Wales. WJEC has now special status in Wales. It just happens to be based there.
  5. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    Part of the issue with this (and a possible reason why Andrews has acted) is that Welsh students have got a significantly lower A*-C pass rate than English students (around 3.5%). Regrading the English exams of the welsh students that took them would reduce this gap.
  6. Well it would be nice to think so, but with so much less per head spent on schoolchildren in Wales than in England and with results in Wales lagging behind the rest of the UK, it is surely difficult to see this as anything other than political point scoring isn't it?

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