There’s been a lot of fuss recently over the regrading of exam results i.e. going from A*,A, B, C, D, E, F (or something) to grades 1 to 9 with 9 being the highest. This is not a subject that I have ever really concerned myself with. All the exams I’ve taken since leaving school were pass or fail with the pass mark being 70% so anything more was wasted effort.
Anyhow since the latest excitement I’ve take the time to google UK exam grading and boy ! I had no idea that it was so complicated and open to abuse by ‘social engineers’. My father in Law used to mark papers in Scotland and he told me that there was a quota system in the grading so that it didn’t matter if a bunch of students did really well in a particular subject, only a limited number were going to get high grades.
My idea (which has zero chance of being adopted) is that if you sit an ‘O’ or ‘A’ level you get a certificate which displays the mark that you obtained and not a grade. So if you get 90% in Maths your certificate shows this and even if you score 10% you still get a certificate (which you may wish to hide or shred). The point being that the certificate simply confirms that you took the exam and what marks were obtained. No grade fiddling by the jobsworths.