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Exam marking fee - too low!

Discussion in 'English' started by Honeydew, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Honeydew

    Honeydew New commenter


    Just wanted to see what others thought. I've been asked to mark GCSE English papers again this year but the fee is low compared to other exam boards I've marked for.

    Last year I met my quotas but the amount of hours I put into marking just didn't seem to be worth the pay. I was exhausted!!

    Does anyone else feel the same? I know the spec really well and have already marked for them (this has helped my teaching) so there's no incentive for me to mark for them again. The ONLY incentive would have been the pay.

    I'm really disappointed. I'm thinking of marking for another exam board now - where the pay is better.

    Anyone else feel the same way?
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    Which examining body?
  3. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    An OCR GCSE 9 to 1 Language paper paying £3:85 a script last summer is paying £5:10 this year.
    Don't know anything about other papers or other bodies.
  4. sara666

    sara666 New commenter

    Hi, I agree some examination boards pay too low for the number of scripts you have to mark.
  5. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    The awarding bodies (except for Pearson?) are charities but not ones set up to support us, the examiners.
  6. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    There aren't any big exam boards existing now, Honeydew. They finished in 2001.
    You are limited pretty well to AQA, OCR, Pearson, and the Welsh - all awarding bodies, not exam boards.
  7. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Other organisations pay examiners too. There is NFER work. There's PISA.

    Don't think any great pay deals are offered anywhere, though.
  8. Honeydew

    Honeydew New commenter

    Sorry for the late reply. It's Pearson. They just recently sent a new contract with slightly better pay. Still thinking of switching though.

    Sorry, Markuss - I should have said awarding bodies :)
  9. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    The marking fee for the OCR paper I marked last summer has gone up a lot this year.
    (You would earn about £20 an hour before tax deduction, I'd say.)
  10. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    When you said low fee, I immediately thought of OCR. As Markuss informs us, though, its rate has increased substantially. I’m surprised Pearson is the low payer. As the most technologically advanced exam board (and I’m using that term because that’s what Ofqual call them), it should have the lowest costs. I fear the savings of this and examiners’ salaries are going towards profit.
  11. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    • AQA = charity
    • CCEA = public body owned by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland
    • OCR = part of Cambridge Assessment, a division of the University of Cambridge
    • Pearson (including Edexcel) = profit-making company
    • WJEC (including Eduqas) = company owned by the Welsh local authorities
  12. missb88

    missb88 New commenter

    I'm an examiner for edexcel and the pay seems to be decreasing on a yearly basis. Is there a better exam board out there to work for?
    jofran likes this.
  13. Honeydew

    Honeydew New commenter

    I was offered a contract a few weeks ago - the pay was lower than last year's (including the bonus deadline fee).

    I didn't accept the contract within the deadline and so it was withdrawn. I then received another contract on the same day with exactly the same pay!

    I am seriously considering marking for AQA instead.
  14. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    I’ve recently been reappointed an examiner and the pay is up 4% for the same paper as last year – that’s a bigger pay rise than I’ve ever has as a teacher!
    EnglishLecturerNicole likes this.
  15. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    Seeing as AQA are actually quoting their rates of pay in their advertising, I guess it’s okay to share them:

  16. lighthouse_keeper

    lighthouse_keeper New commenter

    I long ago made my peace with the fact exam marking is better for my teaching practice than my bank balance! In terms of hours I don't find it worth the money, but helpful for my teaching. You might be better changing boards to break the monotony...
    Rhic87, MissSci and pepper5 like this.
  17. bioknight45

    bioknight45 New commenter

    Hello, Can someone tell me how much AQA pays its examiners per paper for Biology GCSE?
  18. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Is it possible to mark more than one subject?
    Is it feasible to combine marking A level and GCSE?
    What about FS? I believe FS exams take place throughout the year.
    I am considering combining private tuition and being an examiner.
    philippajaneevans likes this.
  19. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    There's plenty of scope if you're prepared to apply and bodies accept you.

    Yes there is On Demand Functional Skills. All year round marking but not many scripts at a time. OCR certainly and AQA?

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