Teachers given chance to see English papers

Teachers will be given the chance to see first-hand what went wrong in January’s English language GCSE papers in Wales when they get a sample of papers.

Exam board WJEC has written to headteachers offering them the opportunity to select up to 10 per cent of candidates whose results are causing the most concern.

Every secondary school in Wales will be sent a taster of their pupils’ GCSE papers free of charge in a bid to ease concerns over January’s English language grades.

The new exam for Wales is at the centre of a “rapid review” by the Welsh government after teachers reported a sharp dip in predicted grades. Some schools have recorded results down by as much as 30 per cent.

The chief executive of the Cardiff-based exam board Gareth Pierce said WJEC had been given “regulatory approval” from the Welsh government to provide the service. He said: “Following recent concerns regarding the January 2014 GCSE English language unit results, we have been given regulatory approval to implement an additional ‘Post-Results Service’ that is not within the standard arrangement for GCSEs.

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