'Getting PGCE students and NQTs to mark A level and GCSE exams? The money might not be good enough...'

In an ever-more-severe accountability system, should we be concerned at the prospect of students’ results being in the hands of the least experienced – or would serving as examiners make new teachers more independent and autonomous?


At this time of year, leaflets from exam boards asking subject leaders to encourage their staff to examine are nothing new. There has always been a shortage of examiners. 


What is new is that this year the newest members of the profession – and some outsiders, such as PhD students – are also being targeted.


The string of comments under the Tes article "Exam boards ask students and NQTs to mark GCSE and A-level exam papers" earlier this month shows that I was not the only one initially horrified by this news.