Appeals expected to rise as major exam boards allows schools to download scripts on results day

Appeals on exam results are expected to rise this summer, after major examination board Edexcel will make it possible for schools to download all A-level and GCSE transcripts for free. This will allow pupils who are unhappy with their results to log on and find out where, and why they have been marked down in their exams.

The move has come since changes to public exams have been made this summer, with a new ‘linear’ syllabus being introduced, involving a move away from coursework and modular exams. The change in exams has also seen a change in grading, with English Literature, English Language and Maths now being graded from one to nine, and other subjects continuing to be graded at A*-G.

Anne Heavey, education policy advisor at the Association of Teacher and Lecturers would be surprised if more pupils don’t appeal their grades this summer, but believes that “It is really positive that Pearson are increasing the transparency of their marking process, so teachers can make informed judgement whether to appeal very quickly.”

It has been suggested however by William Richardson, General Secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference that some State Schools will remain constrained by the cost of appealing exam grades- “In an ideal world all schools would request mark reviews or make an appeal if they doubt the fairness of a result, but how many can currently afford to do so?”

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