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The exams regulator Ofqual has published a report into the quality of marking in external exams in general qualifications in England. This follows on from an interim report in June 2013.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said:
“We welcome the report, which gives an insight into the immense scale of a process under which 16 million exam papers are marked every year. We welcome Ofqual’s findings that the system is well organised with tight quality controls, and that the reality is far better than sometimes perceived.
“We recognise however that there is room for improvement. All of us - exam boards, regulators and the profession - need to improve trust by raising the profile of assessment and understanding of the process. We all need to improve the way the system works and OCR is doing this with the help of new technology. We all need to do more research and data gathering. OCR is working with its parent body, Cambridge Assessment, on a large research programme in this area.
“Finally, we welcome the conclusion that schools and teachers should be encouraged to play their part in marking. OCR is leading the way here and a pilot scheme under which teachers are supported in their role as examiners has already been launched.”
Read the Ofqual report