Best Practice

Exam board marking and moderation: Is it for you?

The workload can be high but taking on exam board marking and moderation can be excellent CPD and can help you to better support your own exam classes. Jessica Richards advises

The year 2023 is a big one for exams as it will be the first exam series that goes back to pre-pandemic grading.

Even though students last summer took their GCSEs and A levels for the first time since 2019 and under normal exam conditions, there were alterations to the content that was assessed and the grade boundaries set by exams watchdog Ofqual reflected the gaps in learning and disruption to studies caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of course, grade boundaries can fluctuate year-to-year. Exam boards work on a bell curve of awarding grades and they are only finalised once all marks are accounted for and final checking is completed.

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