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Grade boundaries are not automatically carried forward and are set in the context of the overall performance on a specification.
This summer is the first time we have certificated at specification level for GCSE English and English Language and also saw a far higher entry for the coursework units than at any previous exam series.
Our responsibility is to ensure that, overall, we maintain standards as we move to the new specifications and this, inevitably, has an impact on the setting of the boundaries.
Whilst significant increases in coursework or controlled assessment boundaries from one examination to the next are not desirable, all the examination boards needed to raise these this summer.
Overall, the awarders were confident that the right standards had been carried forward for the new English specifications to meet the regulator's expectations of comparable outcomes in these subjects.