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Advice to Ministers on performance tables in 2017

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The Department for Education has today (Thursday, July 24) announced that GCSE alternative qualifications will not count towards school performance tables in 2017. We have provided advice to Ministers on this issue. That advice is summarised in a letter published here.

Ofqual launches speaking and listening consultation

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We have today (Thursday 17th July) launched a consultation on the new GCSE English language qualifications. From September 2015 students in England will start studying for new GCSE English language qualifications, graded 9-1. We have already announced that students’ performance in their spoken language assessment will not be part of the overall qualification grade, and will… Read more »

Jeremy Benson’s speech at the Sutton Trust Higher Ambitions summit, Tuesday 8th July 2014

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We know that Ofqual has an important role to play in improving the quality of vocational education. At best, our regulatory arrangements can support awarding organisations in developing good qualifications. At worst, they can get in the way, and create unnecessary burdens.

We need our regulatory arrangements to drive all qualifications to have a clear purpose, and be fit for that purpose. And qualifications should be ‘valid’ – they should measure effectively the skills and knowledge they are intending to measure.

Tim Leslie’s speech on A level reform, Admissions to Competitive Courses conference, Queen Mary University of London, 13th June 2014

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(Original script, may differ from delivered version) Slide 1 Good morning. Thank you very much for inviting me to join your conference today. With less than a fortnight to go before the end of exams, it feels quite appropriate that we’re turning an eye to the future here. As regulator, we won’t be taking our… Read more »

Use of English and maths GCSEs in post-16 education

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The Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock MP has today (Wednesday, July 2) written to Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey about the use of English and maths GCSEs in post-16 education. You can download the letters here: Department for Education’s letter to us Our letter to the Department for Education