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Help needed - getting a bit obsessed.

Discussion in 'English' started by Caulorlime, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Caulorlime

    Caulorlime New commenter

    I'm in a bit of a battle with Edexcel over a student's much lower than expected A-Level Literature result. I've gone through all of the procedures and, surprise surprise, no change has been made. The most recent communication, and the last one I can have with the board as I've exhausted all the avenues open to me, was with the chief examiner who, I think, basically circled the wagons and defended the (poor) decisions made by her team.

    Some context - this girl is one of the most bright that I've ever taught. We gave her 100% for her A2 Coursework and it was upheld by the board. The board moderator called it a "fabulous piece." She had done well enough in her AS modules that, with the A2 CW mark, she had only to get a C in the unit 3 paper to get an A over all. She got a B overall, as the unit three paper was marked at an E. I've read it and, while it isn't her finest hour, I can't see any way at all that this exam is an E.

    However, maybe I'm just wrong. I know it's a cheeky thing to ask, but I've uploaded the exam paper (minus candidate's name and with permission) to a Google doc and wondered if people with experience of the Edexcel Literature spec. might have a look at it and tell me where I'm wrong; or just confirm to me that my student has been really shabbily treated.
    Thanks in advance. The paper is here.

  2. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    I haven't got time to look at the unseen, but I wouldn't argue much with the marking of the novels. AO1 and AO2 perhaps on the mean side, but there's not really a strong line of argument, little on structure and language analysis doesn't further the argument much. I would say there are links rather than comparisons, and limted reference to different interpretations. Context better but, again not really furthering an argument. Although I've taught this for quite a while, I tend to have the opposite experience - I must be a really mean marker because most of my students do better than I expect. How many marks would you give it?
  3. Caulorlime

    Caulorlime New commenter

    Thanks for this, Gloria. It's helpful, though not what I hoped to hear, obviously. Whilst I accept and agree with your readings I still can't quite accept that, holisitically, that paper was only worth an E grade. Still, thanks for your time and help.

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