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Changes to the Criteria for GCSE Qualifications (A* to G)

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Decision made under section 140(8) of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 We are updating our Criteria for GCSE Qualifications, with the changes to come into force at 12.01am on 31 October 2014. The changes relate principally to when during the year candidates can take GCSE (A*-G) exams and aspects of the grading… Read more »

Ofqual publishes provisional statistics on enquiries about results

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Ofqual publishes provisional statistics on enquiries about results for GCSE and A level, as part of its ongoing work on quality of marking The impact of any wrong marking on students or schools is considerable, and marking mistakes undermine public confidence. Earlier this year we reported that the quality of marking is generally good, but… Read more »

Content moving to GOV.UK (17th October)

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Our website is moving to GOV.UK. To help you know where to look for content we will try and keep you up to date with when we expect content to move across to GOV.UK. Below is the content we are working on at the moment and when we expect it to move over to the GOV.UK… Read more »

Regulatory letter RO28/2014 – The accreditation requirement

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As part of implementing our new Regulatory Strategy, we have decided (following consultation) to lift our general accreditation requirement. An awarding organisation will have to check the quality of each qualification it offers before it enters it onto our Register: Ofqual will no longer check the qualification at that point. There will be two exceptions… Read more »

Glenys Stacey’s speech to The Key Conference, 2nd October

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(Original script, may differ from delivered version) Good morning. I have been asked to cover GCSE, AS and A level reform and also changes we are making to the way we regulate these qualifications and national assessments, and I will, but let me mention now that we also have ambitious plans for improving where necessary… Read more »

Cheating risk from online essays

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Students who buy essays from online companies are not only at risk of being caught cheating, but they also risk receiving substandard work, the exam regulator has warned today. Ofqual recently commissioned independent research into a number of online companies who offer to write essays for students. Students who attempt to submit this work as… Read more »