An interesting article that trots out the same conclusions as one I remember reading some 20 years ago, and every other year since!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35054399 Exam board marking is a cottage industry, worth half a billion in fees to exam boards each year, who pay markers an absolute pittance, less than the minimum wage to do a demanding job that requires time, skill and dedication. Exam boards employ people on zero hours contracts. They have made no effort to create a proper, professional workforce who could not only mark, but also moderate, do school visits to advise, do drop-in checks to check security in schools and check up on coursework cheating, write materials for schools, design and quality control syllabuses and exams, support teachers etc etc etc. It could easily be a full-time job for all subjects for many education professionals. Exam boards, however, have constantly avoiding doing so because they have every interest in keeping the highly lucrative status quo. Teachers working for pin money on zero hours contracts is good for business. Trying to get teachers to work like this by persuading them it's great professional development is also very good for business, even if it is bad for the teacher. So much for their charitable status! For this reason, I believe all teachers should boycott exam board marking and moderating, as I did many years ago. It is the only way to force exam boards to share some of the half billion with its workforce and to create a professional body to do the work.