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Tory education boss questions role of exam boards in decline in exam results in Thurrock

THE Chairman of Thurrock Councils Children’s Services Committee has reacted to the decline in provisional GCSE results. Councillor James Halden, said “There do appear to be some discrepancies in results due to the vagaries of the examination system with so many different boards and so on.

"These results are provisional so I don’t want to offer unhelpful speculation until we get the final results. Exam time is stressful enough; I certainly remember being stood in the exam hall in Hassenbrook!

What I would say now is that we clearly need to talk about exam boards and getting the best for Thurrock Students. Since I have been Chairman, I have worked hard to open up this committee to our schools and the public to express concerns.

"I wrote to all schools with our work plan in July, I have allowed groups of parents to come forward to outline concerns about things such as nursery provision after which I made representations to providers based on this, and next month I will be hosting the committee at Gable Hall School to get it out into the community. I’m going to make sure we hear more on this subject at committee in November and I will of course be receptive to what committee colleagues, officers and concerned parties are saying about this issue and if I should make representations to a relevant body.

At this stage we have some unverified results and concerns about the marking system – I don’t want to add to students concerns by speculating on what final results may say and why. However I am very keen to hear what school partners are saying ahead of my next committee meeting.

"We have some excellent work currently going on with our committee around sharing best practise with work experience and the pupil premium funding – having a big conversation about this issue may allow us to share ideas about how we can move forwards together”.

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