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rise in exam re-marking requests

3 December 2012

Re-marking requests for GCSE and A Level results have increased by 36% according to recent figures released by Ofqual.

The jump in requests comes on the back of the unresolved GCSE English controversy, which although concerning changes to grade boundaries, rather than marking, sheds further light on the difficulties faced by the current exam system in obtaining a fair and consistent approach to grading.

Ofqual, who are currently conducting a programme of work looking into the area of exam board practices, defended the figures, stating that they should be read in the light of the total of exams sat. In all, 98% of exams sat were not subject to review.

However, the figures have the potential to further increase the pressure on those trying to rebuild trust in a system which was described by the leader of the Association of School and College Leaders as being at an “all time low” to reform the current system.

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