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When a new Head started in September she sacked the teacher and got straight on to the uni who were actually cross they had not been briefed - she was an otherwise excellent candidate - and offered her a place for the following year.The teacher has been there a while (and for DDs GCSE) and is generally good. Would get a call from the school telling me is the coursework mark is just ‘scaled’ or moderated down.
From the raw marks the board set theboundaries for the coursework.
Your child can't have dropped from an A* to an A because they wouldn't have had the current year boundaries.
It was also something they could do nothing about because most had achieved A* in the written exam (so there was no room for a remark).
I was incredibly annoyed because it was a very experienced team of teachers.
Plus the boundary for A* on coursework is usually much higher than exam ones so a drop to an A is not beyond the realms of possibility, especially if the new specification differs significantly from the old spec.
For example, if I'm not careful I still find myself marking mock exams too harshly for the new spec a couple of years in because it's much easier to get high marks on the new spec than the old one. The other thing for staff to consider is that standards canbe a little easier in the first run through and then once the board have a cohort or two to judge it, things tend to steady out. The school seemed concerned and were querying it, as the teacher felt he had been on the strict side when marking.
In 2002 (I'm so old ) my French a level coursework went from an A to a D on moderation.
It was annoying for sure but I never got it remarked as no one did then and I had got in to my uni so it didn't matter.
This happened with my DDs Resistant Materials Technology GCSE (not to the whole class though) and it went from the unexpected C to a high B which made her overall grade an A.
Even if it does not get marked up they will at least get feedback.