Nicky Morgan: Boards ‘must raise quality of exam marking’

The Times is reporting that Nicky Morgan has told MPs on the education select committee that “robust discussions” have taken place with Ofqual over mistakes in exam marking this summer…

The report claims the education secretary told the committee that the problems – which saw thousands of students getting the wrong grades – had been taken very seriously and exam boards would have to improve the standard of marking and markers.

It quotes Mrs Morgan as saying: “When schools have taken years to prepare students, when students have put hours in to prepare, when parents and universities and others are reliant on those results, the students should have confidence in the marks they get.”

The paper also goes on to claim that she also suggested the introduction of linear GCSEs  would result in more schools falling below the government’s minimum target…

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It is not clear from the report what action is expected from Ofqual or the exam boards, but do you welcome these comments from Nicky Morgan on the standard of GCSE and A level marking? Please give us your feedback in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The issues with exam marking stem from a constant tinkering of the syllabus by MPs and the boards paying peanuts for marking

  2. Janet2

    Thousands of pupils entering about 10 GCSEs (or equivalent).  That’s a lot of marking in a very short period.

    Time to reduce the number of 16+ exams and move towards graduation at 18 via multiple routes.

  3. stephanootis

    SchoolsImprove govt / schools could give experienced teachers time off timetable for exam marking? No time + low £ = no incentive?

  4. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove No. They must examine a sensible curriculum #ReadWriteBuySellCookcleanFix by Criterion Referenced marking. #Shimples

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