The TES is reporting that the head of one of England’s biggest school exam boards has suggested all suitable teachers should mark exam papers as a form of professional development.
Speaking at a debate at the Royal Society of Arts in London today, Mark Dawe, the chief executive of OCR, said that schools needed to consider assessment as a system of “give and take”, in which they provided and supported examiners.
“If every school worked that way, we’d have enough examiners,” he said. He added that understanding assessment should be part of all teachers’ CPD.
“I think all teachers should have a good understanding of assessment and examining,” he told TES after the debate. “One of the ways of developing that is by becoming an examiner.”
The panel discussion considered whether it would be possible to establish examining as a professional route for teachers…
Mr Dawe acknowledged that it would not be possible to force all teachers to become examiners. “Some people just aren’t capable of marking, and we aren’t willing to use them,” he said. “It’s important for the students that we get good markers…”
What do you think of the idea that all (or at least more) teachers should mark exams, either as a form of professional development or to give something back to the system?
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