A Fantastic Kind of Error:
When EdExcel Got It Horribly Wrong

Originally, in the prized subject of a RE (Short Course) I was awarded a D.

I really couldn't care less - I will confess to you that I didn't revise for the exam and really didn't care much about it at all.

Prior to the exam I had been revising for my history exam, specifically the American West and the Native Americans. In the exam there was a nice little question about describing a world religion except Christianity. I choose to describe the religion of the Native Americans as it was fixed in my head (it was quite a good one, too), and I couldn't accurately talk about any other (I would have surely mixed up the facts and concocted a messy super-religion). Based on this question in particular, I thought that the D was certainly acceptable.

But that's not how in ended. Our school have been fighting what seems like an uphill battle to get those papers re-marked, because all the scores (not just mine) were well below our expected grade. They have been jumping through numerous fences, and finally have had all test papers re-marked by EdExcel, after one of the RE teachers approached the chief examiner of RE for EdExcel and brought the subject to the top.

The vast majority of the school went up one grade or two. I went from a D to a B.

That is absolutely horrendous. EdExcel have really messed up here.

Just to point it out:

  1. Re-marking papers costs LOADS for an entire year.

  2. Some people's lives could have been strongly changed for the worse because of these mistakes: people who had to go to Weston College instead of Churchill because they got ½ a GCSE less than the required (which is what the RE Short Course is worth) will almost certainly have lesser prospects than those who got in, and had a better education.

  3. Additionally, people may have not been able to get certain jobs (like jobs to do with the general public) because they did not have the RE GCSE, or even one GCSE less than the required amount for an application to any job.

It really isn't good enough. Our school has requested a formal complaint, but I want the head of EdExcel to come into our school and personally apologise to the entire year.

I also want the media to be all over this.

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Blogger pirate_freak: I agree! They messed up the scores, and they should apologise...... and give you all free candy!

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