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International comparability

In 2010 we began a programme to look at the demand of assessments and qualifications internationally. In the first study we compared the demand of pre-university qualifications available to candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, against a range of qualifications available to similar learners in other parts of the world. We wanted to step back from the debate and look at our qualifications in a different way.

We took a look at maths, chemistry, English and history and how they are taught in the different systems in each country and reported back about ten themes our research found.

The summary report of our findings was published in May 2012.

The full report and accompanying tables were published in June 2012.

What’s next?

We’re now expanding our international research to look at the equivalents of upper-primary assessments (Key Stage 2 testing) and lower-secondary assessments (GCSEs).

For our upper-primary research we will be looking at the assessment of maths, science and the ‘home’ language.

For lower-secondary we will be looking at maths, science, English (as a home or a foreign language), French (as a foreign language) and geography.

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