Robert Brooks

Leading Practitioner

This much I know about…what we are up against when all we want is our students’ examination papers marked accurately

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johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about what we are up against when all we want is our students’ examination papers marked accurately.

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Our students deserve the very best; no one I have ever worked with would disagree with that claim. And when it comes to public examinations nothing but the very best service is acceptable for our students. When they have prepared for the examinations and their scripts have been dispatched for marking, we must all have faith that the marking will be fair, accurate and expert. If we cannot believe that is the case, then the system becomes unfit for purpose.

How can mathematics marking be wildly inaccurate? This year we had one A2 student’s mathematics paper remarked; it was returned having been awarded 8 more raw marks – that’s 11% of the…

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