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Monday, September 24, 2012

Dinas Bran's GCSE results improve after re-grading

* Re-grading has improved pupils' GCSE results at Ysgol Dinas Bran. 

Eight pupils at Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen have seen their GCSE results improve as a result of a re-grading exercise ordered by the Welsh Government.
As regulator of examinations in Wales, the government  recently issued a direction to the WJEC to re-grade this year’s GCSE English Language results after a thorough and detailed review found there were significant problems with the methodology used to award grades.
A cross-border political row broke out after the UK Government’s Education Minister Michael Gove refused to allow a similar re-grading to take place in England.
The WJEC has confirmed that as a result of the re-grading in Wales, 1,202 students will now have their grades increased from a D to a C and 598 from a C grade to a B.
The lowering of grade boundaries also meant there were some changes at other grades, resulting in an overall figure of 2,386 receiving raised grades.
A spokesman for Ysgol Dinas Bran said: “Good news - we have the following re-grades: five from D to C and three from C to B.”
Wales’ Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, said:  “What we have seen is the swift resolution of an injustice served to well over 2000 Welsh candidates.
““The decision to direct the WJEC to re-grade was about fairness and ensuring that Welsh students got the grades they deserved for the work they put into their examination.
““We are grateful to those examiners and other staff of the WJEC who worked tirelessly to ensure that candidates received their revised grades on time.
““This announcement was the only acceptable outcome for learners affected by a questionable grading methodology. Candidates can now rest assured that the process used to determine their final grades was fair and just.”

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