Kaye Wiggins

The amazing process behind an exam paper

As you and your students await GCSE results, have you ever thought about how those exams came into being and why certain decisions in the process have been made? Kaye Wiggins finds that the life of an exam paper is full of surprising – and important – moments for teachers

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In a warehouse on an industrial estate in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, conveyor belts are rolling. But rather than the glass containers the town has been renowned for producing for the past 250 years, in this building it is freshly completed GCSE exam papers being transported through an assortment of machinery.

This is a processing plant for Pearson, the exam board that runs the Edexcel exams. If your students completed an exam produced by Edexcel a few months back, this is where it will have ended up.

Few markers in the modern GCSE exams process now sit before wobbling piles of paper and ...

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