Follow-up notice on the GCSE English Language 2.0 Paper 1 exam, sat on 5 June 2023

2 August 2023

This notice provides an update on the error on GCSE English Langauge 1EN2 01 sat on 5 June 2023.

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On 5 June, we apologised for an error on writing question 7 on GCSE English Language 1EN2 01, in which there was a reference to writing a speech following the initial instruction to write an article.

Read the notice from 5 June 2023

Our senior examiners looked closely at how students responded to the question, and, following the completion of marking, our assessment team conducted data analysis to evaluate whether the error had had any impact on students’ outcomes. Question 7 was selected by a larger number of students than question 8 and the mean number of marks awarded was higher on question 7 than on question 8.

Our examiners found no patterns of performance that indicated that the reference to a second writing form had had any negative impact on student outcomes.

From results day, teachers who have been granted access and who have received student consent may download the scripts for any students about whom they have concerns using the free Access to Scripts service.

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We are committed to ensuring that our exam papers are free from error and that they are valid assessments of the specification content. We apologise once again for the error.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries. You can email our English Subject Advisor, Clare Haviland, at or contact her using the following form:

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Hayley White

Vice President, Assessment, Standards and Services, Pearson School Qualifications


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