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7:02am 25th August 2012

Cornish teachers call for an inquiry into whether GCSE marking is harsher than ever before.

The number of students getting a grade C is down for the first time in their history.

Principal of Camborne Science and International Academy Ian Kenworthy said: "It does raise issues, clearly where students and teachers have worked to a set of criteria and expectations, to find that the boundaries have changed. I think there are issues for the exam boards and people in the educational world to look at that very, very closely."

It comes as a group of schools from Devon call for a review of English results after allegations papers were marked harsher than ever before.

28, including Holsworthy Community College and Tavistock Community College have issued a statement:

"We believe this move by a number of exam boards to move the mark boundaries artificially at the end of the year to be perverse, unfair and to make a complete farce of the marking and assessment process.

"This has many negative outcomes. Children are shocked and disappointed by marks which would have seen them pass only six months ago. Teachers are left feeling stressed, unsure and angry at the way their hard work can be negated by the apparent whim of politicians and exam boards.

"We accept responsibility for teaching standards, behaviour and quality of resources at our schools, but year after year the biggest variable in results is how the exam board marks and grades the papers.

"This year has seen students taking exams in January receive Cs for marks which gained the students taking them in June Ds: this cannot be fair.

"This change affects the futures of thousands of students – we call for an immediate review of these grade boundaries. We also call on the Government to enter into a constructive dialogue over how to combat 'grade inflation' in a way which is positive, planned and brought in over a number of years, not one term.

"We will be appealing these results - but call on the exam boards and the Government to act swiftly and decisively to stop this injustice."

7:02am 25th August 2012

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