• Minister hints at potential further delay to vocational results

    Exam boards are set to work “through the weekend and into next week” to process vocational qualification results, a minister has said, suggesting not all will be issued by tomorrow’s deadline. In a message to providers sent out tonight, skills minister Gillian Keegan acknowledged there was a chance some students would not receive their results

    22.58 Aug. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson 'should go' says Institute for Government think tank

    Gavin Williamson should follow the lead of his most senior civil servant and step down, the influential Institute for Government think tank has said. In an unusual move, the independent organisation which campaigns for more effective government, directly called for Williamson to step down, saying misjudgments made in education “have been some of the worst

    23.23 Aug. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: AQA exam portal is 'ripe for human error', schools warn

    An exam board’s online portal that requires schools to input potentially thousands of teacher-assessed grades one-by-one is “ripe for human error” and could result in “horribly wrong” grades, school staff have warned. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across England are providing centre-assessment grades and rankings for each pupil after summer exams were cancelled. Exam

    5.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • How to apply for re-marks and appeal A-level results 2018

    A-level results day is an exciting, if stressful, time for pupils and teachers across the country. While many will be celebrating the outcomes from yesterday’s results announcements, others may need to rethink their options. Exams officers, teachers and school leaders are there to help those who haven’t got the results they had been expecting. Each

    17.15 Aug. 17th, 2018 | Feature

  • More than 1,000 learners that failed courses last year will now be told they passed

    More than 1,000 learners that failed their courses last year are now being told they’ve passed. Under the previous widely accepted interpretation of rules for reformed level three applied general and tech level qualifications, introduced for teaching from 2016, learners had to pass all their externally-assessed exams to achieve their qualifications. But that changed after Ofqual

    15.11 Apr. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Office for Students wades into unconditional university offers storm

    One of the first orders of business at the new Office for Students will be to investigate the sharp rise in unconditional university offers, and it will “take action” if these are found to adversely affect pupils. Unconditional offers – which promise university places to pupils regardless of their A-level results – allow pupils to

    5.00 Apr. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual's 2017 exam survey: the main findings

    Fewer people understand how GCSEs work since the new 9 to 1 grading system came in. The exams regulator Ofqual has published the results of its annual survey on perceptions of A-levels, GCSEs and other qualifications in England. The online study, conducted between October 24 and December 1 took opinions from almost 3,000 heads, teachers,

    5.00 Apr. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Education is a long game, so league table measures should be too

    There are natural swings between year groups as talent and circumstance ebb and flow, suggests Loic Menzies, but under the current system, this skews perspectives on school success. Every year, hundreds of secondary schools’ results swing by more than 15 percentage points. Some shift by 30 percentage points. This does not necessarily mean a particular school

    8.45 Dec. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Former education secretary launches programme for pupils in care

    The former education secretary Ruth Kelly has launched a tutoring programme to improve the “terrible” exam results of pupils in care, as the numbers taken from their families continue to rise. Kelly, who was Labour education secretary between 2004 and 2006, has established the First Star Academy programme for pupils in care at six local

    5.00 Nov. 11th, 2017 | News

  • GCSE Results 2017: Spanish

    Here are tables of this year’s GCSE Spanish results in England compared with previous years. Spanish GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years Spanish GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years: cumulative Percentage of pupils who achieved (at least) each grade   Key Green: Higher than previous year Orange: Same as previous year

    12.03 Aug. 24th, 2017 | Exam results

  • GCSE Results 2017: Religious studies

    Here are tables of this year’s GCSE religious studies results in England compared with previous years. Religious studies GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years Religious studies GCSE results in 2017, compared with previous years: cumulative Percentage of pupils who achieved (at least) each grade   Key Green: Higher than previous year Orange: Same

    12.03 Aug. 24th, 2017 | Exam results