• Heads' faith in A-levels slumps

    Headteachers’ faith in AS and A-levels slumped after last year’s exam series, a new survey shows. Ofqual has published its latest perceptions survey, which is based on YouGov polling of various stakeholders, including 292 school leaders, last autumn. Although the survey shows little change in attitudes among school leaders towards GCSEs, faith in AS and

    12.43 Jul. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Autumn series grades to be based only on exams, Ofqual confirms

    Pupils performance in this year’s autumn exam series will be based on pupil performance in the tests alone, not on any non-exam assessment, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator has published its decisions following a consultation on the autumn series, which will allow students who are not happy with their summer calculated grades to sit

    13.20 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Six things we learned from Ofqual about exams in 2020 and 2021

    Exams were the focus of an education select committee hearing this week, with senior staff appearing from the exams’ regulator Ofqual. Here’s what we found out.   1. Consultation on 2021 exam plans due before summer break Sally Collier, the chief regulator of Ofqual, told MPs schools needed to know what was happening with next

    12.36 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Exam appeals rise again as new reforms rolled out to all GCSEs

    The number of appeals against GCSE and A-level exam grades rose by 45 per cent last year as new grounds for an appeal were extended to all GCSE subjects. Statistics published today by exams regulator Ofqual show there were 1,240 appeals in 2019, up from 857 in 2018. A total of 675 of the appeals were

    11.28 Jun. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: 6 key findings from the Sutton Trust's research on university applications

    More than two in five A-level pupils believe the assessment system in place this year will adversely affect their grades, while almost half believe the Covid-19 crisis will hit their chances of getting into their first-choice university. Social mobility charity The Sutton Trust polled pupils studying for their A-levels this year, and found many were

    10.22 May. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: DfE confirms August results days, abandoning 'end of July' deadline

    GCSE and A-level results days will be in August this year, the government has announced, seemingly abandoning an aim to provide pupils with grades before the end of July. The Department for Education has today confirmed that pupils will receive A-level results on August 13 and GCSE results on August 20. These are the same

    10.31 Apr. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Concerns as school pupils seek supermarket jobs

    Pupils who believe they have already passed their GCSEs and A-levels and have been trying to get supermarket and “gig economy” jobs before the end of the school year, a prominent school leader has warned. Martyn Oliver, chief executive of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said participation in online learning among year 11s and year

    17.11 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools will rank GCSE and A-level pupils within grades

    Schools will rank their GCSE and A-level pupils within each grade under a new system of assessment drawn up for this summer. Following the announcement that all exams this academic year have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, Ofqual has released details of the standardised assessment process that will take their place. Guidance released by

    11.00 Apr. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: An explainer on how grades will be awarded this summer

    Ofqual has revealed how pupils will be assessed for GCSE and A-level qualifications this summer, following the cancellation of exams. The exams regulator has published guidance for schools, along with separate guidance for teachers and a letter to pupils. Here’s our explainer on how it will all work…   1. Schools must provide a grade

    11.00 Apr. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Don't seek further work to support GCSE and A-level grades, union tells leaders

    Teachers and leaders “should not be seeking further work” from pupils to support their GCSE and A-level grades this year, the ASCL leadership union has said. In guidance issued to headteachers, which seeks to pre-empt an expected government announcement on plans for assessments this year, the union said priorities for pupils in years 11 and

    14.11 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: GCSEs and A-levels will be based on 'moderated assessment', says CST leader

    GCSEs and A-levels grades will be awarded “on the basis of moderated assessment” this year following the cancellation of summer exams, a sector leader familiar with the government’s plans has told headteachers. Leora Cruddas, the chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts, told members of her organisation in an email last night that she

    12.49 Mar. 19th, 2020 | News