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LGA warns Ofqual over GCSE legal action

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The LGA has warned the exams regulator, Ofqual, that councils are considering legal action over the “manifestly unfair” situation caused by the downgrading of English GCSE results this summer.

David Simmonds

As reported by LCG last week, senior figures at Newcastle City Council and Islington LBC have been pressed by local headteachers to take legal action over this year’s GCSE results. In August, grade boundary changes left many pupils with lower-than-expected results.

The letter, addressed to Ofqual’s chief executive Glenys Stacey, says authorities have expressed “strong concerns” about the “inconsistency” of the exam marking.  

“We have received representations from member councils about the unfairness of some of the results and, as I am sure you are aware, a number of councils are considering legal action to challenge the fairness of the marking of GCSE English this summer,” the letter says.

The letter, from David Simmonds (Con), chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, also warns: “The likelihood is that these results will increase the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training, a trend that we are all working to reverse.”

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