Marking or moderation errors

04 July 2017

Ofqual has announced that schools and colleges in England will, in future, have a second opportunity to challenge GCSE, AS level, A level and project results if they continue to have concerns about marking or moderation errors. This adds to their existing right to appeal results on the grounds that an exam board hasn’t followed its own procedures.

Starting this summer, colleagues who continue to have concerns about marking or moderation errors in AS and A levels or project qualifications, after the exam board has conducted its first review, will be able to ask exam boards to look again.

The opportunity to appeal on the grounds of a marking or moderation error will be extended to GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths in 2018, and to all remaining GCSE subjects in 2019.

The period over which the new grounds will be phased in will give exam boards the time needed to appropriately build their capacity to manage the likely increase in appeal requests.

For more details see Ofqual’s guide for schools and colleges which reflects the changes.