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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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