I’m not sure that pupils who might miss out on University places, or parents who often pick up the pieces at home when their children do not get the grades they deserve, will be entirely convinced by the suggestion that marks should stand, during review, if considered ‘reasonable’ by 'a second employee of the examination board’ rather than receive a re-mark. Where accountability is concerned, isn’t this rather dodging an issue?
Much as I can see that examination boards will be delighted to report that The Class of 2016 - examiners that is, rather than pupils - manage not to elicit quite so many marking mistakes than in previous years, it seems that just refusing to re-mark the papers is hiding the rot rather than dealing with it. I would rather expect that both pupils and parents - as well as Headteachers and their common rooms - will find a little more reasonable the General Secretary of NAHT’s assertion that, “Students are entitled to a system that gets the marks right first time and is easy to challenge if something goes awry. Their futures depend on this, and their hard work demands it.“
Teachers spend their careers trying to raise bars; isn’t the message coming to us from Ofsted regarding these reforms, suggesting that their own bar is rather low..?