So the A’level results come out this Thursday and the GCSE results the following Thursday and there are a lot of nails being bitten and unsettled families as the waiting nears it’s end. Firstly, GOOD LUCK TO ALL – I know how awful the waiting is and we are doing it again for my third child at the moment.
But I’m a little surprised and concerned about how much I am hearing discussions on the possibility of re-marking and what that might mean for the individual child. I’m obviously going to feel differently when the results are actually out, so going to say it ahead of time, but when did this appeal process become so entrenched and a significant part of the process? How is it possible that you can spend a significant amount of additional money and have the mark improved? OK, that does not always happen – there is a risk. Sometimes the mark does indeed go down, but really? WHY CAN’T THE EXAMINERS GET THE MARK RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE? Surely, if there are continuous discrepancies in the marking system, then something is wrong with the system itself. I am aware of some results that jumped two levels…how can that happen?
It’s not right that private schools can appeal more readily because there is more money to spend and more clout to be had, as that gives even more of an unfair advantage to the independent sector kids. So (I am saying this before the results come out and I change my mind), perhaps re-marking should be banned altogether? Or maybe there should be some allowances made only for exceptional circumstances so that approximately 1% of the results are reviewed, rather than the 13% of exams that were remarked at independent schools last year, compared with only 8% in the state sector. Or at the very least, they should not be charged for.
It just doesn’t seem right and needs to be corrected ASAP.