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Re-marks: are they really worth it?

Submitting students’ exam papers for review is costly – and it is also risky, given that grades can go down as well as up. So, how do cash-strapped schools decide whether to take a punt on a pupil? Elliott Douglas takes a look

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It is GCSE results day, and you find yourself faced with a dilemma: Jacob has worked hard throughout the year, his exam technique is top notch and his mock results were excellent. Yet his final GCSE mark does not reflect this at all.

You are sure that one of his papers has been marked unjustly, but your head of department refuses to have the script reviewed by the exam board. The process is costly, your class already has the best results in the department and the school’s headline figures would not be significantly affected.

But what about Jacob? Determined to get him the best deal possible, ...

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