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Children seeking help for exam stress

It's that time of year - the school exams season is upon us. And one charity has reported a rise in the number of children seeking help for stress.

Childline says it held more than 3,000 counselling sessions for anxious pupils in the last year - up nine per cent on the previous year. Megan Boot has one teenager's story.

Statement from AQA, responsible for half of A-level and GCSE exams

"We are very focused on getting the right result for students and we have a number of quality control systems in place during the marking process. We also carry out detailed analysis to continuously improve the quality of marking. However, unfortunately we don’t always get it right and if a school is unhappy with a student’s results, they can ask us to take another look.

“In most cases where a review leads to a change, the results will go up or down by only one or two marks. Significant increases are more unusual and automatically trigger a process where we look at all the school’s exam scripts in that subject.

“We appreciate how important exam results are to students and schools and we are very sorry if we don’t get it right first time.”


Concerns over GCSE and A-level grades as hundreds are re-marked

Record numbers of GCSE and A-level papers are set to be re-marked because some schools have concerns over the quality of grading.

One secondary in the South is adamant that 90 pupils have been given the wrong English grades - at another, in Sussex, hundreds of marks have been changed after being challenged.

One pupil's mark went up by FIVE grades. The biggest exam board has defended marking saying their processes are subject to strict quality control.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to: Steve Marshall-Taylor, Deputy Head at Brighton College; Brighton College pupils; Heather McIlroy, Executive Headteacher at The Mountbatten School, Romsey; and pupil Emma Rudge.

University College admits clerical mistake

The leak revealed the names and marks of the undergraduates who achieved the lowest scores in exams taken before Christmas.

The exams are known as 'collections'. They're used to monitor students' progress and do not form part of the final degree mark.

"We can confirm that owing to a clerical error the collection marks of a small number of University College students were accidentally included in an email sent out to students on 13 January. We would like to apologise to all students affected by this inadvertent disclosure for any distress this has caused and reassure them that we are investigating exactly how this happened and are determined to make sure this does not happen again. University College takes the treatment of sensitive data very seriously."

– Dr Anne Knowland, Senior Tutor of University College