Leeds City Council’s response to Ofqual’s investigation into GCSE English grading

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“I am outraged that Ofqual have somehow reached the conclusion not to take adequate action to remedy this travesty. There are at least 400 young people in Leeds whose future’s have been left hanging in the balance because of the unfair grading by some examination boards.

“The option to offer a re-sit is absolutely unacceptable and totally misses the point. This is not an issue of standards it’s an issue of fairness in relation to work students have already completed. These young people who, if their GCSE papers had been submitted just six months earlier with the same mark would have been awarded a ‘C’ grade, but were given a ‘D’ because of changes to the grade boundaries.

“I am shocked Ofqual have suggested the grading in June was ‘fair’ – this does not help the thousands of young people who are now left without college places or apprenticeships through no fault of their own.

“We feel there is compelling evidence to formally pursue a judicial review against Ofqual and the examination boards responsible. We will contact the authorities and schools who have already approached us regarding joining forces on any legal action to ensure we get justice for the young people who have been so unfairly treated.

“We urge college leaders and Further Education providers to be sympathetic to the young people who are affected by this to ensure they are not penalised for the examination boards’ mistake and Ofqual’s lack of action.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk