North Lincs pupils await court ruling on GCSE exams
Pupils in North Lincolnshire are awaiting a ruling from the High Court today (Wednesday, February 13), over the grading of GCSE English exams sat in June last year.
An alliance of pupils, unions, schools and councils is challenging changes in grade boundaries that saw many pupils getting lower grades than expected.
The High Court has taken evidence from the alliance, exam boards AQA and Edexcel and exams regulator Ofqual.
Lord Justic Elias and Mrs Justice Sharp will give their judgement at the High Court in London today.
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This is due to be revealed this morning.Giving evidence to the court in December, lawyers for the alliance said thousands of students had missed out on the grades they needed because of a last-minute "statistical fix".
They argued for the June exams to be regraded in line with those taken in January when the boundaries were lower.
The challenge centres on more than 10,000 pupils who missed out on a C grade in GCSE English, which is a crucial benchmark used for entry into further education, vocational training and employment.
Up to 50,000 pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could receive higher grades if the judges uphold the legal challenge.