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Long in the tooth

The SQA is particularly keen for authorities to release more teachers not just to create a bigger pool, but a younger one. Only 17 per cent of markers are in the 31-40 age group, exactly half of those aged 51-60.

Among invigilators, 54 per cent are aged 61-83. But, while age may wither them, it is not as important a factor as it is for those marking papers.

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