Heads call for overhaul of appeals system to stop pupils losing out

The Times, 14/08/2014: The head teachers of leading independent schools (HMC) want an overhaul of the exam appeals process because they say that some pupils are being unfairly denied the grades they deserve, reports Nicola Woolcock.

More appeals are expected this year because of the scrapping of mid-year resits in A levels and GCSEs. An inquiry last year rated 6 per cent of examiners marking the exams as inadequate, and almost 25 per cent as only satisfactory.

Richard Harman, the incoming chairman of HMC and head of Uppingham School, which speaks for 260 leading independent schools, said that recent and forthcoming changes to exams would exacerbate the situation. Schools are concerned about inconsistency between exam boards, and the marking of some subjects more harshly than others, he said.

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