The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is extremely disappointed by the findings in Ofqual’s interim report into GCSE English and is warning decisive action must be taken.
The Association is dismayed that Ofqual's report fails to acknowledge the damage to both individual students and the system, caused by unprecedented shifts in grade boundaries.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “The gravity of this situation cannot be overestimated.
“The fact of the matter is that next week, students and teachers will return to school for the new academic year with some students having had their college places, their jobs – and their futures - put in jeopardy. At the moment, there is no answer to this very pressing problem. For there to be no regrading for the candidates taking the exam in June is deeply concerning for all those concerned, and a national disgrace. Experienced teachers predicted these grades based on years of knowledge and professional skill. They were not surprised by January results BUT they were surprised, shocked even, by June results. How do we square that circle?
“Our call for results to be re-graded remains. We will press for the report outcomes to be reconsidered and a re-grading to be carried out with the utmost urgency, to bring to an end the uncertainty over so many students’ futures. We also continue to demand an independent enquiry is held, to ascertain what went on and to restore confidence to the whole system.”
Mr Hobby added: “There is still the potential for a legal challenge and we are working with other teaching unions to explore all options. We look forward to receiving a response to our original letter from Michael Gove, who has remained silent throughout.”
The NAHT will continue to work with Ofqual and others to try to improve the system for students sitting exams in the future.
Page Published: 31/08/2012