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 »
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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.
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 »
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 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 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 »
We have confirmed key features of new GCSEs in English literature, English language and maths to be introduced in England from September 2015. New GCSEs in other subjects will be introduced from 2016.
Ofqual has today, Wednesday 30th October, published its annual statistics on special consideration, access arrangements and malpractice for the summer 2013 examinations. The statistics cover GCSE, AS and A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland provided by the six awarding organisations; AQA, CCEA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC and ICAAE. This year the statistics show a… Read more »
Ofqual today (Friday, October 25th) sets out for consultation further details of its proposals to improve A level qualifications in England. The proposals include subject-by-subject arrangements that put in place a better balance between exam and non exam assessment, or coursework, for the 14 subjects being revised ready for first teaching in 2015. They also… Read more »
Ofqual has today, Friday October 4, announced the appointment of two new Board members. Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski and Professor Mike Cresswell have both been appointed to serve on the Board for three years. Ofqual Chair, Amanda Spielman, said: “I’m always delighted to welcome new members to the Board and am excited by the wealth of… Read more »