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"massive muddle" with exam appeals.

"massive muddle" with exam appeals.

Exam boards were accused of creating a “massive muddle” this summer over students appealing against their GCSE results, following revelations in an official report by Ofqual.

The exams watchdog’s investigation showed that some boards had awarded extra marks despite not finding errors in the original marking and that re-marking rules imposed by England’s exam regulator had been ignored.

Ofqual’s official report revealed a big rise in the number of grades that were raised on appeal – in part because of exam boards using outdated procedures.

GCSE English language and literature exams and those administered by the AQA board were worst affected by failures, in which “some reviewers changed marks where there was no error with original marking”, according to Ofqual’s report.

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