I have agreed to mark for a new exam board this year. I have been teaching for several years and marked for a couple of different boards, but since moving school I decided to try marking for a new board this year for CPD (and cash!). The problem is, this board seems to take much, much longer per mark than any of my previous marking experience. I also found the standardisation process less enlightening than others I have been through and the results of seeded responses aren't shared with you until the end (which stresses me out, if I am honest). I understand that a new board will be a learning curve, but I have previously managed to do the bulk of my marking on the weekends (as I work full time) with a couple of hours a night to keep on top of it. I wasn't able to start on the first couple of days of live marking due to a school trip and parent's evening, but I spent 4 hours yesterday and 8 hours today and I haven't even hit 10% of my quota yet. In previous years, that would be me about 25% done! I worked out that even if I started "on time", I would still need to average 4 hours a night for the next 3 weeks and do my weekend catch-up to boot. Does this seem like a normal length of time to spend marking GCSE essays? (I mark English Literature. I've marked A Level for another board and it didn't take nearly as much time AND my feedback on accuracy was glowing.) What am I doing wrong? Can I withdraw this early? Should I? I am shocked at how little I managed to achieve this weekend and honestly, it is not going to be sustainable. What will the consequences be if I do withdraw? Any advice would be appreciated.