Warwickshire Schools consulted over GCSE marking

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AFTER a national row broke out over GCSE grading, Warwickshire County Council has said it will contact all schools next week to see if there are any concerns over exam results.

The tally of schools in England and Wales that have formally complained over tougher exam marking has risen to 950 - between a quarter and a third of all secondary schools. The row follows the first drop in GCSE results for 24 years after exam boards decided to clamp down on grade inflation. The English language GCSE offered by the AQA exam board has caused the most controversy, with some claiming that pupils who took the exam in January found it easier to get a C grade than those who sat it later in the year.

A council spokesman said: “We are aware of concerns being raised nationally in relation to grade boundaries, but so far in Warwickshire we have not been contacted by any schools.

“We will be contacting all schools on their return next week and if there are concerns, we will be supporting them in making representation to the exam boards.”

Heads elsewhere in the country are demanding new grades to be issued.