Eleanor Busby

How can exam boards fix the current GCSE marking mess?

The quality and consistency of marking is facing increasing criticism as the move is made to linear GCSE and A levels. Eleanor Busby investigates why the system is under strain and what lies ahead

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The increased emphasis on exams in the reformed, more linear, GCSEs and A levels has sharpened the spotlight on the quality of marking.

And there are serious concerns this term, as many pupils’ results in the new GCSEs are improving significantly following re-marks.

But, despite widespread acknowledgement that this year’s exam grades – particularly in English – are experiencing “greater turbulence” than usual, few solutions seem to be on the table.

A working group on building the capacity of examiners, launched in 2015, said in a report in January that an extra 7,000 teachers would be ...

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