A system giving students extra marks if they have suffered personal trauma is being defended by an exams authority.
GCSE and A-level pupils in England are given 5% more if a parent dies close to exam day or 4% for a distant relative.
They get 2% more if a pet dies or 1% if they get a headache.
The source:? "The guidelines are set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents England’s three main exam authorities.." Here is the story, and thanks to Jacqueline Passey for the pointer. She titled her post "Sorry, Fluffy, but I really need an A."