Marking reviews and appeals - win an iPad!

Students - give us your views on marking reviews and appeals of GCSEs, AS and A levels for your chance to win an iPad Air 2. Short survey and entry form: Full consultation: Transcript: I'm joined by Julie Swan today, our Acting Executive Director for General Qualifications, who’s going to tell us a little bit more about a consultation we have open at this point in time about marking reviews and appeals. Julie, can you tell us a little bit about why you launched this consultation? Yes, we launched the consultation at the end of last year because we think there are opportunities to improve the way that reviews of marking and appeals are undertaken by exam boards but we want to seek views from others as well. We've covered off 2 other areas in the consultation; one - our proposals to remove the code of practice which include a set of rules that have been in place for some time, which we think are no longer required, but also a proposal to put into place some additional rules to make sure that the way that exam boards set the grade boundaries for GCSEs, AS and A levels is consistent and fair. And what are the main elements of the consultation? Well just sticking with the reviews and appeals side of the consultation, we think it's important that students and teachers should be able to see marked scripts before they decide whether or not there's a case to request that marking should be reviewed. At the moment AS and A level scripts can be returned, but GCSEs are not normally available. So our first proposal is that all those marked scripts should be available to teachers should they wish to see them. Secondly we want to make sure that the examiners who are undertaking reviews of marking understand the distinctive nature of that role. It's not the same to review somebody else's marking as it is to mark a script afresh. And so we're proposing that exam boards should make sure those reviewers are particularly well trained for that role. We want to make sure there is transparency in the system - that everybody knows the timeline to be followed - so we're proposing that exam boards must set for themselves, but then publish, clear dates for each stage of the process. And finally we want to open up the grounds on which an appeal could be made. An appeal comes, if necessary, after marking has been reviewed - it's the final stage of the process. Very few appeals are actually taken forward, but where they are they have to focus on procedural issues. We're suggesting that the grounds for appeal could be opened up. Who would you like responses from? Oh, we'd like feedback from anybody with an interest in GCSEs, AS and A levels, particularly, of course, students, but also teachers and parents as well. And how can people respond to the consultation? The consultation closes on the 11th March. You'll find on this screen a link to the consultation but also to a shorter set of questions. We know our consultation is quite lengthy, there are quite a number of questions to be answered, you don't have to answer them all. But if you'd prefer to go to a condensed version you'll find a shorter set of questions on the site too. Thank you very much Julie. Well, we hope that provides some more information for you. We hope it encourages you to go to one of those links and fill in your responses to those consultations, and we'll make that information available just as soon as we can.

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