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Ofqual appointments

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DfE has today announced the reappointment of the Ofqual Chair and three of its board members. The release can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove-welcomes-reappointment-of-amanda-spielman-as-chair-of-ofqual

GCSE, A level and AS qualification updates from Ofqual

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Ofqual today (Wednesday, April 9) confirms assessment arrangements for a number of new GCSE, A level and AS qualifications that will be fairer for students, free teachers to teach and provide results that will instil greater confidence. Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said: “We are putting in place arrangements that will allow teachers to focus on… Read more »

Exchange of letters between Secretary of State, Michael Gove, and Ofqual

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The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, has written to Ofqual setting out further subjects he would like reformed GCSEs and A levels to be available in for first teaching in 2016. The letter, and our response, can be downloaded here. Our letter from the Secretary of State, Michael Gove Our response to the letter

Regulatory letter RO20/2014 – Ofqual’s regulation of qualifications taken by learners outside England and Northern Ireland

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Ofqual has today, 7th April 2014, published a letter and note confirming when we can regulate qualifications that are taken by learners outside England and Northern Ireland, and what the regulatory position is in relation to other qualifications offered to learners in other countries. Download the Regulatory Letter RO20 – Ofqual’s regulation of qualifications taken… Read more »

Ofqual statement on redaction of exam papers

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An Ofqual spokesperson comments: “We have today written to all awarding organisations to set out our position on the redaction, or blacking out, of certain exam paper questions.  This position has been supported by the relevant exam boards. “Having looked into the issue, we concluded that while the practice was very rare, it should not… Read more »

Ofqual’s statement on summer 2013 Appeals statistics

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Following the release of Ofqual’s statistical bulletin on Appeals Against Results; An Ofqual spokesperson, said: “Any student receiving the wrong grade is a concern but it is important to see these statistics in context. The total number of appeals represents only a fraction of a per cent of all exam units marked by examiners. “Today’s… Read more »

Ofqual publishes statistical bulletin on Appeals Against Results

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Ofqual has today published a statistical bulletin on Appeals Against Results for the GCSE/GCE summer 2013 examination series. The bulletin covers GCSE and GCE examinations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, provided by the six awarding organisations; AQA, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and ICAAE. The bulletin can be accessed below. ENDS Notes for Editors No… Read more »

OCR set out improvements following marking errors

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OCR has provided us with an undertaking following marking errors on last year’s A level English and History exams. The undertaking is aimed at providing assurances that OCR has arrangements in place to prevent something similar happening during exams taken in 2014. You can read further details of the undertaking here.