Ofqual launches new timetable for exam reforms

The exams watchdog is set to reveal a new timetable today so teachers can keep track of when specifications will be ready for reformed GCSEs and A-levels.

The tables (pictured above) show detailed information about the progress of reformed subjects submitted to Ofqual for accreditation.

They will be updated every week and show when specifications for subjects due to be taught this September have been signed off by the watchdog. Teachers can then normally view the specification on exam boards’ websites. Specifications give details of what students must know, and enable teachers to plan lessons.

It follows concerns that teachers are under a “great deal of unnecessary pressure” over the introduction of the reformed subjects. Currently 50 specifications are accredited – 32 per cent of the total specifications expected to be submitted.

Biology specifications have been submitted by all exam boards at least twice but as Schools Week went to press none were agreed. Others, such as Latin and art, are completely signed off.

Chief regulator Glenys Stacey said the tables are part of a drive to make more information available.

She said: “We know it’s vital that parents, students and particularly teachers are kept up to date on the progress being made with accreditation.”

There will be 20 new GCSEs and A-levels taught from September.

The table is part of a wider package of information on the reform programme, which includes an accreditation postcard and tables showing the main changes to reformed GCSEs and AS / A levels.

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