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New GCSEs harder to mark.

New GCSEs harder to mark.

Examiners have complained that this year’s reformed GCSE exams in England have been tougher to mark, taking them longer to complete and leading to exam boards cajoling markers to process more papers and increasing payment rates.

Results for the reformed exams in maths and English will be published for the first time on Thursday – with more than 600,000 pupils and their teachers waiting to hear how they got on using the new scale of 9 to 1 that replaces the old A* to G grades.

The more intensive English exams appear to have caused difficulties for examiners, with some parts taking longer to mark than the previous format – with the largest exam board, AQA, upping payment rates for examiners by 50% and exhorting teachers to mark more papers.

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