Headmaster calls for earlier A levels to improve marking quality

The Times is reporting calls from a leading head teacher for A-levels to be brought forward by a month to help exam boards improve the accuracy of marking.

Ed Elliott of There Perse School in Cambridge is reported as suggesting all A levels in May would result in extra time for marking and, in turn, greater levels of accuracy.

Under the proposal, provisional results would be awarded in July, four weeks earlier than grades come out at the moment, in order to give more time for students and schools to challenge any results they think unfair. 

Final grades would then be issued by mid-August  – as they are under the current system – when universities confirm their offers of places. 

Mr Elliott is a board member of exam board OCR, but made the suggestion in a personal capacity.

He is reported as suggesting the change is possible because of the scrapping of January exams and the decoupling of AS-levles from A-levels. He also says it would cost nothing extra to make the changes but would improve the accuracy “considerably”.

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Y13 students leave school a month earlier & no guarantee of better marking; would all want that? Fee paying schools for eg?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Y13 students leave school a month earlier & no guarantee of better marking; would all want that? Fee paying schools for eg?

  3. davidjclayton

    SchoolsImprove still won’t solve the problem of low quality marking – and the rush may make it worse. A single exam board would help

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