During the course of today it has become clear that nationally there is considerable controversy over the marking of GCSE English papers which has had a negative impact on the headline figure of 5A*-C Grades including English and Maths.
It has been reported that for the first time since GCSEs were introduced there has been a fall in the proportion of A*-C grades nationally.
An unusually high number of schools have reported unexpected English results and will be using the usual channels to challenge results they believe to be wrong.
Given the great uncertainty over grades in GCSE English a number of schools have decided to wait until the results of remarking before releasing final figures. This means overall county figures compiled from self reported provisional results could change considerably. At present 52% of pupils in Suffolk have achieved 5 A*-C including English and maths.
The confirmed 2012 GCSE results will be published by the government in the School and College Performance Tables on a date to be announced.
The county council provides an advice and information service through The Source website. The Source pulls together vast amounts of information for young people and has a section specifically about GCSE results and what to do next.
There will also be a Q & A surgery on The Source facebook page. A team of youth support workers and the curriculum support manager for the Youth Support Service will be ready to answer questions. Pupils can access this via The Source website.
For young people in the Lowestoft and Waveney area there will be an Opportunity Fair at The Junction in Lowestoft on Wednesday 29 August, where young people aged 16-18 yrs can get info about apprenticeships, job opportunities and further training.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and young people said:
“For many pupils across Suffolk, today was the culmination of two years intensive study and they should be congratulated on the results they have achieved.
“However like the rest of the country Suffolk has seen the impact of unexpected GCSE English results on the overall figures for the county. I understand that a number of our schools will be contacting the exam boards requesting remarking and further investigation.
“The county council is working closely with our schools at this time and has a number of services available for pupils wanting advice and guidance after receiving their GCSE results. I would urge pupils to visit The Source website for more information.”
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