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Ofqual launches consultation on Developing New GCSEs, A levels and AS Qualifications for First Teaching in 2016 − Part 3: Religious studies

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Today (Friday 7th November 2014) Ofqual has launched a consultation on the assessment of new GCSEs, A levels and AS qualifications in religious studies for first teaching from September 2016. GCSEs in religious studies are not currently tiered. We propose that remains the same. We also propose that religious studies subject content for GCSEs, A levels… Read more »

Special consideration, access arrangements and entry statistics released

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Ofqual has published its annual statistics on special considerations for summer 2014 and access arrangements; and entries and late entries for the 2013/14 academic year. The statistics, which were released today (Thursday 6th November) cover GCSEs, AS and A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They cover qualifications provided by five exam boards: AQA,… 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 »

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 »

Ofqual publishes corporate plan

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Ofqual has today (Tuesday 19 August) set out its regulatory priorities for the next three years in its corporate plan. The plan, covering the period up to March 2017, details how the regulator will work to ensure the quality of qualifications and support the most worthwhile educational outcomes for students. Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey comments:… Read more »