Examiners left ‘horrified’ by flaws in English GCSE marking

GCSE English examiner has warned that marking guidance is so poor that students face being given the wrong grades in the subject. The Telegraph reports

They claimed that fellow examiners for the exam board AQA were left “shocked” and “horrified” by the scripts chosen as guides for marking.

In a series of now deleted messages on Twitter, the anonymous examiner alleged that “the standardisation scripts are all over the place” for this year’s English language GCSE.

This summer is the second year that students are taking revamped GCSEs in a raft of subjects, and the third year of the new English literature, English language and maths exams.

The whistle-blowing examiner said that there was “no debate at pre-standardisation among the senior examiners”.

They added: “That means that the meeting where the standard is evaluated and agreed was a farce. We had examiners horrified at the standard.”

Problems in the standards were flagged by the number of markers failing to spot elements supposed to ensure consistent standards.

In one, the pupil was given 14 out of 40 when the “correct” score should have been 21, and in another a pupil was awarded 26 marks when a more senior examiner deemed the “correct” mark to be 40.

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