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  1. Awarding GCSE and GCE- time to reform the code of practice?

    Authors: 
    Ben Jones

    The theme of this paper is that the process by which national general qualifications - the GCSE and GCE in particular - are awarded is no longer fit for purpose....

  2. Principles of moderation of internal assessment

    Authors: 
    Anthony Daly, Lucy Billington, Suzanne Chamberlain, Lesley Meyer, Neil Stringer, Martin Taylor and Kate Tremain

    Assessing students’ work and awarding a mark requires human judgement. For example, two people assessing the same piece of work may disagree on whether a skill has been demonstrated to a particular level or whether a student’s written answer is clear....

  3. Teacher moderation systems

    Authors: 
    Martin Taylor

    In most current GCE, VCE, GCSE and GNVQ specifications, coursework comprises one or more defined tasks (either set by the awarding body or based on criteria defined by the awarding body) and is marked by centres....

  4. Abolishing marksism

    6 July 2012

    Why use an 18th Century approach to assessing exam answers when we have a 21st Century alternative, asks Alastair Pollitt

  5. Marking quality

    An assessment is only as good as its component parts. Among other features, the underlying curriculum, teaching, test design and marking can all contribute to reliability and validity in the measurement of candidate ability. Each of these components is critical.