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Exams board considering payments for markers

There will be no A-level, AS-level, GCSE or vocational exams this summer

TEACHERS who were due to mark cancelled summer A-level and GCSE papers may still be paid.

Some teachers has expressed concerns they would be massively affected by the loss of income from marking exams.

There will be no A-level, AS-level, GCSE or vocational exams this summer.

Instead, predicted grades will be issued on the traditional results days in August.

AS-levels will not count towards the final A-level result.

Last year, the north's CCEA board worked with a total of 6,731 people to deliver examinations to young people.

This included 2,974 examiners who supported the process by marking papers.

The total cost was estimated at £4.8 million and marking scripts amounted to about £2.5m of expenditure.

Some teachers can earn up to £1,000 for marking a full allocation of exam scripts.

For those starting new contracts or working on supply, the cancellation of the exams and potential loss of income has come as a shock.

A normal allocation for GCSE may vary from 250 to 350 scripts. The minimum allocation for A-level is generally 150 scripts and there is usually three weeks in which to complete the marking.

Markers are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and can include permanent teaching staff, subs or retired teachers.

They must be fully qualified teacher with one year's recent experience in a relevant area.

CCEA said it understood that the current health situation was causing anxiety for many in the community.

"CCEA are working hard to understand the impact as a result of Covid-19. At the same time, we are expeditiously working with schools and teachers to deliver and quality assure grades for summer 2020 to learners in Northern Ireland," a spokeswoman said.

"In light of the scope and applicability of the financial support available under government schemes to workers engaged in the public sector, we are currently working with the other awarding bodies and JCQ to determine whether the government schemes provide assistance for the various types of CCEA service providers (including examining teams, invigilators, moderators and markers).

"This is a very complex issue for CCEA as each type of service provider is engaged on different contractual arrangements depending on their specific type of role. In light of the cancellation of examinations, the level of services required was therefore considerably reduced for the summer 2020 series. We will continue to provide updates on developments in this area as they arise."

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