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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 »

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 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 »

Ofqual launches consultation on Regulating Endorsement and Examiner-Author Conflicts

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Ofqual has today (Tuesday 4th March) launched a consultation on the regulation of awarding organisations’ endorsement of textbooks and other support materials, and those written by examiners. Some educational publishers ask awarding organisations to approve resources including core textbooks to support students taking their qualifications.  Ofqual recognises that while these endorsements can make an important… Read more »

Our report calls for better examinations marking system

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Ofqual has today (Friday 14th February), published an in-depth review into the quality of marking. The report makes several clear recommendations, which will improve the quality of marking for GCSEs, A levels and other academic qualifications.

Ofqual publishes review into qualifications taken by Tier 4 students

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A review of qualifications studied by foreign students paying for tuition in England found that those offered by two-thirds of the awarding organisations looked at were not up to the required standards. The review by Ofqual, published today (Tuesday 21st January) looked at a sample of qualifications offered to Tier 4 and domestic students. Tier… Read more »

Ofqual’s statement on summer 2013 EARs statistics

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Following the release of Ofqual’s Enquiries About Results statistics, Chief Regulator, Glenys Stacey, said: “Today’s statistics show a rise in the number of appeals and the number of grades being changed as a result. “But it is important to see these statistics in context: while appeals have increased by 9 percentage points this year, they… Read more »

Ofqual publishes annual Enquiries About Results (EAR) statistical bulletin

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Ofqual has today (Wednesday 11 December) published its annual statistical bulletin into the Enquiries About Results (EAR) service for the summer 2013 examination series. This report provides details on the number of enquiries about results and the number of changes to candidates’ overall subject grades. The bulletin covers GCSE and GCE examinations in England, Wales… Read more »

Ofqual publishes statistics on entries for the 2012/13 academic year

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Ofqual has today (Friday 8th November) published statistics on entries and late entries for the 2012/13 academic year. The bulletins cover GCSE and GCE examinations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, provided by six awarding organisations; AQA, CCEA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC and ICAA. This is the first time statistics on entries and late entries for… Read more »