Today is Eleanor's first day back at school, it's the last time one of my children will return to school after the summer holidays. Hopefully, Eleanor will be starting university next year.
You may remember my AS Level Results post where I told you about Eleanor's disappointment at her grades. It transpired that although she'd got a D in English Language, she was only one UMS mark off a C, so even though she intended dropping the subject, we thought it worth having one of her modules remarked to see if she could pick up that extra mark.
She'd got a C in one module and a D in the other, giving her an overall grade of a D so she decided to have the module she'd done the worst in remarked as after she'd taken the exam, she thought she'd done quite well in it so was surprised by the result.
We've now got the results of the remark and she hasn't only just picked up one or two extra marks on this paper, she's picked up eighteen! What??? Her grade for this module has jumped from a D to a B, but the C grade in the other English Language module has taken her overall English Language grade to a C. She's only three marks off a B though now. She's still adamant that she wants to drop this subject though, but the AS grade will be shown on her university applications and a C certainly looks better than a D.
What I'm asking myself now is how many other exam papers, Eleanor's and other people's, have been marked incorrectly. This isn't a small mistake, this is huge, the difference of two grades. We often hear how bad the exam system is in this country and this is yet another example.
Eleanor's spoken to her individual tutors now and come to the decision that she'll retake one of the Biology modules and one of the Psychology modules this year to try and bring her grades up in those subjects. It will mean a lot of extra work but hard work is something that Eleanor isn't afraid of so I'm sure she'll do her very best.