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Wales to set its own grading system for English language GCSEs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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EDUCATION Minister Leighton Andrews has announced Wales will set its own grading system for English language GCSEs in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the 2012 re-grading row.

Grade boundaries had previously been shared between Wales, England and Northern Ireland but Mr Andrews has said they will no longer be agreed.

The move has been criticised by exam board the WJEC.

He said: "I am determined learners in Wales should have confidence that they achieve the grades their work deserves and other stakeholders should also have confidence that this is the case.

"New conditions will ensure the awarding of GCSE English language qualifications in Wales will be separated from the arrangements for English language in England."

A spokesman for the WJEC said: "Qualifications in core subjects such as English language are used by learners as either a passport to employment or to further study.

"It is essential we continue to work with regulators and with other awarding organisations to ensure comparability and consistency of standards within the GCSE brand."

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  • abertawejack  |  February 27 2013, 8:31PM

    Just as long as this is not detrimental towards any educational grades world wide, no problem as I see it. One must have doubts here though.

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  • thomastdout  |  February 27 2013, 6:03PM

    A second class exam for Wales.

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  • odinhouse  |  February 27 2013, 3:21PM

    About time to, why spent ten's of thousands of pounds on another Language in Wales , and it is not working out for children ,

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