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Call for early publication of grade changes in exam appeals.

Call for early publication of grade changes in exam appeals.

A working group set up to discuss marking concerns has only met once since January, amid major exam reforms 

 

There are calls for the exams watchdog to expedite the publication of data showing the proportion of challenges leading to grade changes, to address widespread concerns over the quality of marking.

Schools are reporting that a higher proportion of pupils’ results in the new GCSEs – especially in English - have improved significantly after re-marks this year.

Ofqual normally publishes the national figures on re-marks just before the Christmas holidays – around four months after results day – but Anne Heavey, education policy adviser of the NEU teaching union, said that accelerating this would enable “more transparency” in the exam system.

Malcolm Trobe, public affairs director at the Association of School and College Leaders, added: “There are clearly issues emerging. Ideally, we would like the information earlier. The sooner they can get all the public figures out into the public arena the better.”

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