AQA exam board to pay out £1 MILLION in fines and compensation

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Must do better: Exam board to pay out £1 MILLION in fines and compensation after failing to ensure that AQA papers were fairly re-marked AQA fined £350,000 by regulator Ofqual after 'serious breaches' discovered Board 'failed to ensure re-marks were not carried out by the original marker' Will also have to pay 3,000 schools for errors, totaling £740,000 Around 50,000 re-marks or moderations were affected - seven per cent of all reviews 

By Eleanor Harding for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:17 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 01:18 BST, 16 October 2019

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An exam board has been fined a record penalty of £350,000 for failing to make sure papers are remarked in a fair way.

AQA, one of England’s major exam providers, was slapped with the fine by the regulator Ofqual after ‘serious breaches’ were discovered.

In addition, it will have to pay the 3,000 schools affected between £110 and £440 each - amounting to a total of £740,000.

Ofqual said the board failed to ensure re-marks and moderation of GCSEs and A-levels were not carried out by the original marker, or by someone without a personal interest in the outcome.

AQA, one of England’s major exam providers, was slapped with the fine by the regulator Ofqual after ‘serious breaches’ were discovered (stock photo)

AQA, one of England’s major exam providers, was slapped with the fine by the regulator Ofqual after ‘serious breaches’ were discovered (stock photo)

Around 50,000 re-marks or moderations were affected, equating to around seven

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