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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 »

Improvements to be made to A level foreign languages

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Exams for A level modern foreign languages will be improved from summer 2015 onwards. The changes are being made following a report by Ofqual, published today. Ofqual’s report exploring assessment quality issues in A level modern foreign languages identifies changes that exam boards must make to their assessments in time for the next year’s exams…. Read more »

Ofqual proposes assessment details for a new range of GCSEs, AS and A levels to be taught from September 2016

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Ofqual today (Thursday, September 25) sets out proposals for how a range of new GCSEs, AS and A levels, due to be taught in schools and colleges from September 2016, should be assessed. This consultation sits alongside a parallel DfE consultation setting out the proposed curriculum content for these subjects. It is the latest in… Read more »

Publications Notice – Ofqual publishes Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in England – Wave 12

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Ofqual has today (Tuesday 23rd September) published the findings of its annual survey on Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in England. The fieldwork for this survey – Wave 12, was conducted by YouGov. The study was carried out using an online survey and respondents included headteachers, teachers, students, parents and the general public…. Read more »

Vacancy for Northern Ireland Board Member

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The Secretary of State for Education seeks to appoint a Board Member with particular experience of vocational education in Northern Ireland. Ofqual regulates qualifications and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. It ensures high standards and public confidence in the qualifications system. In recent years its remit has expanded to ensure that… Read more »