October 2014
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Great GCSE history teaching; shame about the examining

In another week of exposure of unreliable marking by exam boards, I thought I’d pick up an ongoing thread on a teachers’ forum . It was a good time to look as so many were getting outcomes of their appeals. This comment is typical “I am also AQA SHP and we too had very strange results which made no sense and were way off predictions. Sent 10 off for remark and 50% came back a grade higher”.
So nothing new here. Except that I do find it a touch ironical that at a time when schools are obsessed with GCSE grades and how to prepare students for the unique requirements of one board, results are as wayward as always. is this a case of schools knowing better than the examiners?!! If fo, something needs to change. With the opening up of the secret garden of examining knowledge with all past papers, markschemes, badged textbooks, board INSET etc of course schools know better than they did what was required. But if their scripts end up in the nerveless fingers of examiners who are paid peanuts and are busy full-time teachers what can we expect. So please led the new Secretary of State pick up the hot potato of one examining board that Gove’s delicate fingers were too tender to grasp. Our students deserve to have excellent teaching matched by excellent examining and copper-bottomed accuracy of results.

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