From where we sit it is simply unreasonable and unfair to operate in this way and we would like to help the new Chief Regulator address this legacy.
Across all schools and colleges, all that students, teachers and parents want is an accurate mark, a correct grade and a fair, transparent examination system. If only Ofqual had explored further their own solution of double-blind re-marks (which they don’t deny would improve things), then perhaps we would all not be gearing up wearily for another annual round of appeals.
And for the record, the only reason schools and colleges appeal marks and grades is because they feel and they know that an injustice has been done. That said, we hope we are mistaken and see a perfect summer of results in 2016.
However, if all goes wrong in your family on Results Day, don’t panic, as things have a habit of sorting themselves out if tackled robustly. More specifically we would advise:
- Contacting the relevant university admissions office as soon as possible. Universities may be flexible if results are not as expected, so it’s important to start that conversation as soon as possible;
- Accessing the scripts in question to determine what type of rogue result this might be, but only with the full support of your school or college;
- Preparing for a long (in many cases) paper-driven process of appeal.
To check out the most up-to-date description of how exam boards must respond to enquiries and appeals you need to access the following rather obscure government web page. The websites of the individual exam boards also provide details of how each conducts the review requests and appeals that it receives.
And when the dust settles, perhaps 2016/17 will indeed be the academic year when all goes well. Perhaps, too, it will be the academic year when we see all exam boards moving to the same systems, same deadlines, same forms, same prices. And perhaps, finally, this may be the academic year where schools and colleges will see stability rather than more ill-thought out change to our public examinations.
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