• 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

  • OCR suffers 20% drop in awards as schools flee iGCSE

    A major exam board has reported a huge slump in certifications as schools shun iGCSEs in favour of more traditional qualifications. According to Ofqual’s annual qualifications market report, OCR, the third-largest provider of GCSE and equivalent qualifications, awarded 21 per cent fewer certificates last year. Exam boards WJEC and Pearson also saw falls of 17

    15.00 Mar. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Thousands of examiners’ personal details stolen in AQA cyber-attack

    Tens of thousands of examiners have had their personal details hacked after the exam board AQA was victim to a cyber-attack. Data relating to 64,000 current and former examiners stored on some of AQA’s online systems has been stolen by attackers, including examiners’ name, address, personal phone numbers, and passwords. However the board stressed the

    10.57 Apr. 12th, 2017 | News

  • How long do A level exam remarks take? From five days… to 22!

    Note: This is a story from 2015 – the 2018 information on A-level re-marks is here. A level exam remarks took up to 22 days last year, figures released by Ofqual show – a sobering reminder for nervous candidates ahead of this week’s results. The figures released by exam regulator Ofqual relate to the summer

    19.00 Aug. 11th, 2015 | Exam results, News

  • How do examiners decide grades?

    The exams are finished and GCSE and A-level students are heading off for summer. But there are 12 weeks – and a lot of work – from “pens down” to results day Did you hear that noise? It’s the sound of thousands of students collectively breathing a sigh of relief. If April is the cruellest

    7.30 Jul. 12th, 2015 | Opinion