‘Offer schools a discount on exam fees for producing markers for GCSEs and A-levels’

The Independent is reporting that a headteachers’ leader has suggested schools should be offered a discount on exam fees for producing markers for GCSEs and A-levels.

Barry Sindall, chairman of the Grammar School Heads Association, made the plea in the wake of claims by the head of the OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts) exam board Mark Dawe that it would have to hire an extra 5,000 examiners to mark the Government’s reforms work.

Mr Sindall said the employment of examiners reminded him of a “cottage industry” akin to the employment of agricultural workers in the 19th century.  Examining was a “low pay, low status” job, he added.

One way of overcoming recruitment problems would be to persuade heads to encourage their staff to volunteers.  “Discounting fees to those schools who offer a lot of markers might help,” he told a seminar organised by the OCR exam board in London on 29 July…

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See also: All teachers should learn how to mark exams, says head of OCR board


I admire Mr Sindall’s innovative thinking but would this approach actually work or risk schools putting undue pressure on staff to undertake marking? 

What would have to happen to persuade you to give it a go? 

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  1. RationalColonel

    SchoolsImprove Schools already “produce markers” for the exam boards via the racket known as coursework/controlled assessment….

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