Is it true that not only me as one on disabled suggesting some examiners are not marking correctly, is now agreed with in general by some current teenagers in study groups in Barnsley? I have raised with Ofqual a result a while ago from Abrsm grade 8 theory where I just failed. I did risk it naively entering as self entrant. I am retraining in piano trying to do diploma since I have practical 8 from years ago, but am years out of practice and it is a slow job with a thankfully patient trainer. I did however feel on knowledge I have they down marked the theory. One remark on feedback sheet of breakdown results I paid for was that I put that I wrote a composed extract for horn not trumpet, and altered that, which I would never do. Ofqual and head of Abrsm knew of this but said if I paid for full Independent review they only got Abrsm to confirm that the remark had been done according to rules. All very closed shop; you cannot prove it on them.
Today Barnsley students on a bus said they felt a teacher treated them like kids and were raising questions in groups about exams being downmarked.
Is the current exam system marred by prejudice, marking up rich kids and discriminating to area boundaries? If so even though there must always have been some influence of money and background in exam marking and tendency to upgrade those who seemed keen who teachers went along with as favourites, it does seem that the current system is far more flawed, having far less integrity than the system I was trained under in the 80s.
If this is the case are not these teens wising up early? They know not to base self worth and sense of personal identity on what they achieve in the exam system. They were discussing ideas they liked about psychology teaching and learning on the bus. In general terms. Maybe best thing to do in the circumstances.
Yet this is tragic. If the exams are marked properly with integrity, then the system should be there for young to pit their wits against, try to achieve in, and to some extent form sense of identity and self analysis on. Does the system any longer act as a guideline to give students an idea of their best abilities and ways to go forward in life? Or is it just a money making machine, where they are being manipulated like guinea pigs, and know it? Is anyone prepared to tell the truth? How safe is the human brain, head, eyes and ears to be treated with respect and be fed the truth in any area of life now in England? Does anyone dare?