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News - 4 March 2014

Exam Papers regraded

The Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board has apologised "unreservedly" for mistakes, which were made by examiners in marking, in a total of 98 GCSE, 285 AS-level and 50 A-level results. These have now been revised upwards after being re-marked.

The mistakes came to light in the autumn and were due to "human and process errors", the board said.

Schools and colleges with affected students have been told, OCR said, and they will pass on the results to their pupils.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“It is not known if any students' university places were affected by the errors. However, OCR has developed a new and enhanced marker monitoring system as one of the improvements they have introduced for the summer 2014 exams and additional analysis will be undertaken at the end of the marking process.”

OCR chief executive Mark Dawe said: "On behalf of OCR, I apologise unreservedly to the students, parents and teachers affected. I would like to reassure students taking their exams with OCR this summer that due to the rigorous new measures we now have in place, these issues cannot occur again.

"We have conducted extensive investigations into what went wrong. With the help of our most senior examiners, we reviewed all the relevant papers from last summer's exams and increased marks on a tiny percentage of papers as a result.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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