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Ofqual appointments

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DfE has today announced the reappointment of the Ofqual Chair and three of its board members. The release can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove-welcomes-reappointment-of-amanda-spielman-as-chair-of-ofqual

Exchange of letters between Secretary of State, Michael Gove, and Ofqual

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The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, has written to Ofqual setting out further subjects he would like reformed GCSEs and A levels to be available in for first teaching in 2016. The letter, and our response, can be downloaded here. Our letter from the Secretary of State, Michael Gove Our response to the letter

Regulatory letter RO20/2014 – Ofqual’s regulation of qualifications taken by learners outside England and Northern Ireland

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Ofqual has today, 7th April 2014, published a letter and note confirming when we can regulate qualifications that are taken by learners outside England and Northern Ireland, and what the regulatory position is in relation to other qualifications offered to learners in other countries. Download the Regulatory Letter RO20 – Ofqual’s regulation of qualifications taken… Read more »

Ofqual’s statement on summer 2013 Appeals statistics

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Following the release of Ofqual’s statistical bulletin on Appeals Against Results; An Ofqual spokesperson, said: “Any student receiving the wrong grade is a concern but it is important to see these statistics in context. The total number of appeals represents only a fraction of a per cent of all exam units marked by examiners. “Today’s… Read more »

OCR set out improvements following marking errors

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OCR has provided us with an undertaking following marking errors on last year’s A level English and History exams. The undertaking is aimed at providing assurances that OCR has arrangements in place to prevent something similar happening during exams taken in 2014. You can read further details of the undertaking here.

Regulatory letter RO18/2014 – Statement of Compliance 2014

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In this letter we provide final guidance relating to this year’s annual statement of compliance process. Download the Regulatory Letter RO18 Statement of Compliance 2014 Download the Template and Guidance for Completing and Submitting Your Annual Statement to Ofqual in 2014

The role of regulation in driving up the quality of vocational qualifications

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We welcome today’s (5th March 2014) vocational qualifications reform plan from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills setting out the Government’s priorities for the vocational qualifications system for England. It acknowledges the reliance Government and others place on the assurance provided by us about regulated qualifications. It sets out the wider policy context within… Read more »

Exchange of letters between Ofqual and the CST

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Today (6th February 2014) we have published our correspondence with the Council for Science and Technology (CST) regarding our consultation on practical science in A level qualifications.  You can download the letters here: Sir Mark Walport’s letter to us regarding our consultation on practical science in A level qualifications Our response to Sir Mark Walport at… Read more »