• 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

  • Ofqual consults on new 'clearer' malpractice and maladministration guidance

    The exams regulator Ofqual wants to replace its current guidance on how exam boards should tackle malpractice and maladministration, amid fears it is currently too simplistic. Current guidance is made up of a list of “dos and don’ts” to help exam boards meet “condition A8” – one of eight “general conditions of recognition” they must

    15.35 Feb. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Why reinvent the education wheel, when a solution already exists?

    It’s great that we’re talking about alternatives to GCSEs and A-Levels, but we don’t need to start from scratch – there’s already a qualification out there, says Ryan Kelsall Robert Halfon this week advocated the scrapping of GCSEs and A-Levels in favour of a broader baccalaureate-style education, with a mix of academic and vocational subjects, and

    16.15 Feb. 14th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Ofqual consults on changes to reformed music and dance qualifications

    Ofqual has launched a consultation into proposed changes to the reformed GCSEs, AS and A-levels in music and dance, after their first delivery this summer exposed issues with how to assess pupils’ performances. The exams watchdog wants to change the way a student’s performance is marked if it turns out to be shorter than the minimum length;

    15.17 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual told to minimise fears around tests cheating

    A behavioural-insights team commissioned by Ofqual to help it handle messaging around cheating and malpractice urged the regulator not to overplay the problem. Two companies called EdCom and Now advised Ofqual to avoid making it look as if exams malpractice is “rife”, according to an executive director at the watchdog. The advice was focused on

    5.00 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • DfE launches consultation on content of reformed PE qualifications

    The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the subject content of the reformed physical education (PE) GCSE, AS and A-levels. Members of the public can complete an online survey that will allow them to propose any new activities that they believe should be included as part of the qualifications. The activity lists at

    12.24 Oct. 24th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results 2018: subject tables

    To see how your students have done in their A-levels compared to other students nationwide, Education Datalab has produced a handy set of graphs with accompanying analysis. You can explore trends in national entry and attainment data between 2014 and 2018, for each subject, and overall. Here are the tables for all subjects combined. You

    9.45 Aug. 16th, 2018 | Exam results, News

  • Edexcel allows exam candidates to opt out of gender classifications

    Pupils taking exams this summer have been offered the chance to opt out of gender classifications for the first time. Pearson, the education company that owns the exam board Edexcel, made the step forward, by presenting candidates with the option of removing the male or female classification for their qualifications. The idea of a gender-neutral

    17.19 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News