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Students were right to feel aggrieved over the marking of their A-level and GCSE exams after it emerged today a record number of their grades had been changed after they were re-marked.
Figures show tens of thousands of results were altered after a 48% increase in numbers of papers being sent back to be remarked – a trend that didn’t surprise headteachers.
In total, secondary schools and colleges sent back 450,500 papers, up from 304,250 in 2013.
Nearly one in five inquiries resulted in a grade change, according to the figures published by exams regulator Ofqual.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), blamed the problem on the changes to qualifications.
‘There is a growing lack of confidence in the exam system which has been exacerbated by frequent and ad hoc changes to qualifications,’ he said.
‘Schools need to be able to trust the marks given to students. They need to know that examinations will be marked accurately, fairly and in a timely manner.’
Education Minister Nick Gibb stressed that although the figures weren’t that high, he understood the stress a changed mark could cause a student.
He added: ‘While the figures released today show the proportion of grades changed remains relatively low, every such change has a big impact on the individuals affected.’