The Telegraph is reporting that teachers could be barred from progressing up the career ladder unless they agree to mark GCSE papers to tackle a shortage of high-calibre examiners.
Teachers’ unions, government officials and exam boards are considering making it mandatory to become an examiner if a teacher wants to become the head of a department.
The plans also include pay rises to attract top-quality examiners, who are currently being paid around £2 per script at GCSE level…
Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, which is part of the groups looking at incentives for markers, said the current system resembles a “cottage industry”.
He said: “People are doing the marking at 10 o clock at night, the pay is very low and it adds to the workload of teachers. This is no way to ensure that we have a high-quality system.
“Marking should be part of the teachers’ workload. It’s about creating time so that teachers’ contact hours are reduced and they can spend the rest of the time on assessment work.”
However, the plans have encountered some opposition. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers: “Making marking a requirement or part of your professional practice is putting another expectation on teachers. I don’t think that’s going to work…”
If the objective is to get more high quality markers, what do you think the solution ought to be?
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