Getting your students to mark GCSE exam questions and papers can help them to really understand what a good exam response looks like, giving them confidence when their time comes in the exam hall. Jessica Richards explains

Sharing success criteria and perfectly modelled answers is advocated in many teaching and learning handbooks, but what about turning your students into budding GCSE exam markers?

Spending time on exploring the meaning of assessment objectives and their use within the marking criteria is worth the effort if students are able to self and peer-assess each other's work with examiner scrutiny.

As an English teacher, marking essay responses is always a bit of a subjective job and when moderating across a department it becomes even clearer that mark schemes require interpretation.

If you teach a traditional arts subject, which in the exam requires longer response answers, then it is likely that the marking becomes less about spotting the right answer and more about interpreting the response in relation to the marking criteria. This is what I like to refer to as the critical eye.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here

Related articles