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We’re planning changes to our quarterly stats bulletins

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We’re reviewing our statistics publications and are proposing to combine two of our stats publications into one. We would like to combine the vocational qualification quarterly and the higher level qualifications quarterly into one vocational qualifications quarterly which covers higher level qualifications. Do you think this would work? We would like to hear from you about how… Read more »

Deadline extended – survey on teachers’ views about exam strategies

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In June we launched a survey to gather teachers’ views and experiences on the possible strategies used within schools to maximise students’ results. The survey is designed to help us get a better understanding of what happens in schools and what teachers think about approaches to maximising results; some of which are seen as acceptable… Read more »

AS and A level entries for England in summer 2014

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Ofqual has today published information on the number of entries for AS and A level exams this summer. The statistical release can be found here. As well as information on entries in England, the report also includes the figures for Northern Ireland and Wales for comparison. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) will publish the… Read more »

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 »

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

Endorsement Policy Announcement

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We are to introduce new controls around awarding organisations’ endorsement of text books and other resources. The new controls will also cover the arrangements for managing possible conflicts of interest where examiners write teaching resources. Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said: “We have considered all the evidence available and have concluded that it would not be… Read more »