NUT takes Ofqual, AQA & Edexcel to court over GCSE marking - press release
26 October 2012
Today the NUT and a large coalition of unions, teachers’ professional bodies, local councils and schools formally issue High Court proceedings against the exam regulator Ofqual and exam boards AQA and Edexcel. Papers will be served on these three defendants with the aim of a speedy hearing. The claim is a comprehensive legal challenge to the arbitrary marking of this year’s English GCSEs, carried out contrary to statutory requirements and with no warning to teachers or pupils of substantial changes in the marking schemes.
Commenting on the legal challenge to this year’s GCSE marking scandal, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“It is a dreadful shame that it has come to this. The Education Secretary should have taken the lead from Wales and re-graded this year’s English GCSEs. The NUT, as part of a coalition of other interested parties, has been left with no option but to try and redress through the courts the great injustice suffered this year by schools and pupils.”