The UK’s Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to information held by public authorities. Students can ask Schools to provide them with copies of assessments, feedback sheets and marking sheets used in conjunction with the assessment process. The request is usually prompted by a student considering the preparation of an appeal. This is an extra reason to take care when commenting about the quality of the answer on any assessment papers to ensure that it is fair, relates to the criteria only and is defendable.
In the next section we offer guidance on negotiating involvement in assessment with your School.