• 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: GCSE analysis gives 'confidence' to teacher assessment plan

    An analysis showing the vast majority of predicted GCSE grades are within one grade of being correct will “give everybody confidence” in this year’s plans to replace exams. Analysis by Data Educator of 19,029 predicted grades across 22 subjects last year found that although only 40 per cent turned out to be the same as

    5.00 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

  • DfE reveals how it will provide grades for pupils this summer

    The government has confirmed it will use teacher assessments to provide calculated grades for pupils this year. The aim is to provide grades to students before the end of July. They will be “indistinguishable from those provided in other years”, and pupils will have a chance to resit an exam if they don’t think the

    14.30 Mar. 20th, 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

  • EEF research to investigate impact of three-year GCSEs

    The Education Endowment Foundation has commissioned research into whether teaching GCSEs over three years boosts pupils’ grades. The charity has enlisted the National Foundation for Educational Research for the study, which aims to give schools more evidence of the impact of their decisions. Schools have traditionally taught a three year key stage 3 between years

    0.01 Feb. 24th, 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

  • GCSE results 2019: Six interesting things we have learned

    GCSE results are out this morning – here’s your usual handy Schools Week round up of the key trends. One thing to note: From a Schools Week perspective, the most useful data for our readers is the England 16-year-olds data. Wales and Northern Ireland run their GCSEs differently to England, so UK-wide data isn’t useful.

    9.35 Aug. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • How to apply for re-marks and appeal GCSE results 2019

    GCSE results are on the horizon. If a grade doesn’t seem right, there are still some options available. Each exam board takes a different approach to re-marks*, appeals and the fees they charge, so Schools Week has collated the latest information on how the system will work this year. (*Exam boards have renamed re-marks as

    10.20 Aug. 21st, 2019 | Feature

  • Poorer pupils ‘catch up’ by end of primary, but fall behind again at GCSE

    The attainment gap between the wealthiest and most disadvantaged pupils almost disappears by the end of primary school before reappearing at age 16, new data suggests. Analysis by data site SchoolDash shows that pupils from poorer areas draw level with their more socially advantaged peers by the end of key stage 2, but that the

    0.01 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News