Below is a short excerpt fro an article in today's Sunday Times that some of you might find interesting.  The re-mark option is expensive and the appeals process is so drawn out, with all the power appearing to rest with the boards.  I am very pleased that this is highlighted here.


"A GROUP of leading independent schools has warned that plans by Michael Gove, the education secretary, to overhaul GCSEs and A-levels are built on “foundations of sand” because the exam and marking system is so incompetently run.

The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has drawn up a dossier of what it calls “10 key failings of the exam industry”, based on years of research among its members. It says there has been “a decade of deterioration and neglect”.

The research will be published this week but the findings, some of which have been seen by The Sunday Times, range from unexplained swings of up to 60% in exam results from one year to the next in the same subject at the same schools, to appeals that can take years to complete.

In vital subjects such as languages, the HMC finds that the brightest pupils appear to be routinely marked down, putting many off taking the subject. "