“Grade boundaries can change from exam series to exam series. Decisions on grade boundaries are made after the assessments have been taken, based on all the available evidence. In the summer, more information was available about performance across the qualification than in January. Exam boards considered this and made decisions accordingly, to make sure that the final qualification grades were comparable with last year’s” – OFQUAL statement.
This seems to fly in the face of natural justice – a mark of X% should get the same grade in January or July, and this certainly shouldn’t change simply so that the secretary of state can swing his balls about at his Autumn conference.