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OCR has invited representatives from the teaching unions to observe this year’s awarding meeting for GCSE English and English language. Awarding meetings are held for every specification as part of the examining process to establish the minimum mark a candidate must score to obtain a particular grade.
It is hoped that the invitation to the awarding meeting for GCSE English and English language will encourage greater understanding among teachers and the wider public about what can sometimes be a complex process. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Cambridge from 25 to 28 July 2013.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “In the light of the concerns that surrounded last year’s awards in GCSE English, it is more important than ever to be open and transparent about how grade boundaries are decided. We are clear that our processes are robust, and that students will get the results they deserve this summer, but this will hopefully provide a greater understanding of our approach to the awarding process, and increase public trust.
“I am also confident that the commitment and dedication of our examiners will shine through during the meeting. I hope all the unions and representative bodies invited will be able to take up the invitation.”