HMC statement on Ofqual report into chaotic exam marking at OCR in 2014

7 August 2015
Posted by Sue Gray

Ofqual has today published its report into the marking crisis that threatened to overwhelm the OCR exam board during the summer of 2014. Peter Hamilton, Chair of HMC's Academic Policy Committee and headmaster of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, said:

"HMC has been concerned about poor exam marking for some years and has worked closely with Ofqual to ensure all pupils, parents and teachers can have complete faith in public examinations. We welcome this report but are disturbed to see laid bare the chaotic way in which marking was conducted at OCR in 2014.

Marking will become more demanding over the next four years as the government's exam reforms start to bite. Each year the future of hundreds of thousands of pupils are reliant on timely and consistent marking so there can be no let-up in the scrutiny of all the examination boards. HMC will help to ensure this happens."