Who are the exam markers?

Current examining system ‘not a level playing field’ for state-school teachers hoping to become markers

Ensuring that there are enough examiners in the system is a common goal for schools and exam boards, but there is far less agreement over who should be marking these high-stakes tests.

Exam boards insist that the vast majority of examiners are serving teachers – but adverts calling on PhD and PGCE students to mark exams this summer caused concern to some in the profession.

“There was a feeling by some that it was a bums on seats game, rather than [opting for] a quality examiner,” Anne Heavey, education policy adviser of the NEU teaching union, says.

And some are worried about the number of ...

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