Exam boards ask students and NQTs to mark GCSE and A-level exam papers

The call comes after a recent report revealed that 7,000 more markers would be 'needed to cope with exam reforms'.


Exam board AQA is calling on both PhD and PGCE student teachers to help mark this year's GCSE and A-level exams in English, geography, sociology and religious studies.


The OCR board is also seeking current or recent PGCE students, who have completed the classroom teaching element of their course, to be GCSE and A-level examiners this year. The board said it "may" consider non-teaching candidates who can demonstrate a high-level of subject expertise and/or relevant knowledge of assessment.


Meanwhile, Pearson, which runs the Edexcel board, is now recruiting newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to become examiners in the new GCSE in English – which will be taken for the first time this summer.


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