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Protest against the GCSE marking scandal
Instead of being able to celebrate their hard work and commitment, thousands of students and schools are facing an uncertain future because of the last-minute shifting of grade boundaries by the exam boards.
English results have been hit particularly hard by the last-minute shifting of the goalposts leaving teachers who had reliably been able to predict 'C'-grades for their students having to console Year 11's who have instead been awarded a 'D'-grade.
Many students' hopes have been dashed. Many schools also now face the threat of forced privatisation as they struggle to meet Gove's imposed 40% GCSE benchmark.
Many teachers will also fear the threat of 'capability' proceedings and loss of performance-pay awards as a result of this scandal.
Behind this disgraceful gerrymandering of the GCSE results stands Michael Gove. This unfair downgrading of students fits his dangerous agenda perfectly - to blame teachers for 'failing' students, to dissuade young people from pursuing further education and, above all, to provide an excuse for turning even more schools into unaccountable academies while dismantling elected local authorities.
THAT'S WHY LONDON TEACHERS ARE CALLING AN URGENT PROTEST OUTSIDE THE DfE ON TUESDAY 28 AUGUST at 13.00.
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