Chapter one: How Ofqual left teachers 'disgusted'

9th November 2012 at 00:00

I read with anger the Ofqual report on the debacle surrounding this summer's marking of English GCSE papers, a feeling that was strengthened by Glenys Stacey's comments in the media.

Yes, teachers and schools are under pressure to deliver the best possible results, and the tight accountability framework in recent decades has intensified this pressure. However, to accuse teachers of manipulating marks - as the report seems to suggest - is a gross insult.

Leaving aside the fact that much of the evidence amounts to hearsay or consists of comments garnered from anonymous contributions to online forums, the fundamental unfairness remains unresolved. It seems that legal action is now the only avenue by which justice may be seen to be done. Such action may be too late for some young people but, if successful, it will prove that English teachers did not cheat and it will ensure that pupils receive the credit they deserve.

Simon Gibbons, Chair, National Association for the Teaching of English.

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