• Did free schools really get the best progress scores?

    Free schools came top as the best-performing “type” of school in this year’s Progress 8 tables, but were their scores really good enough to assert that with confidence? Becky Allen explains… Today appeared to be a good day for free schools, with mainstream free schools achieving a Progress 8 score of +0.24 across the sector.

    14.03 Oct. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Less than half of pupils understand GCSE reforms, survey finds

    Less than half of pupils understand why the government has reformed GCSE qualifications, despite over half a million pounds of public money being spent on explaining the changes. According to a new Ipsos Mori survey, only 48 per cent of school pupils who had heard of the changes to the GCSE grading system actually understood why

    10.23 Sep. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Spielman warns off-rolling 'could get worse' after sharp rise in pupils leaving school before GCSEs

    Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has warned that the problem of schools removing pupils from the roll in order to manipulate exam results “absolutely could get worse” if it is not tackled effectively. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live today, Spielman told listeners that the education watchdog is looking into the “worrying” issue of off-rolling,

    16.26 Aug. 28th, 2018 | News

  • GCSE results 2018: Send us your (non-traditional) success stories!

    Teenagers across England will find out the results of their GCSEs tomorrow. Every year, Schools Week takes an alternative approach to reporting pupil success stories. Usually, we focus uniquely on those who attend secondary modern schools – non-selective schools that recruit from the same neighbourhood as grammar schools. We do this, not to ‘condone’ a selective school system, but

    14.44 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature

  • GCSE results 2018: subject tables

    Comparing subjects across the years is a bit tricky this year – since the switch from A*-G to 9-1 grades – but we’ll be presenting the data in the way that makes the most sense for each subject. You can find links to the individual subject tables below.   GCSE results 2018: subject tables Art

    9.50 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | Exam results, News

  • Ofqual lowers pass grade for higher tier science

    Ofqual has dropped the pass threshold for the GCSE science higher tier exams this year, following concerns that too many pupils would receive an ‘unclassified’ result. In a blog post released today, Cath Jadhav, associate director of standards and comparability at Ofqual, explained that during the awarding period this year exam boards had reported to the

    15.10 Aug. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Exam stress 'isn't new', and two other things we learned from ministers at education questions

    MPs grilled education secretary Damian Hinds at the House of Commons this afternoon, alongside the children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi, the schools minister Nick Gibb, and the skills minister Anne Milton. Issues including T-levels, GCSEs and exclusions were on the agenda, as well as other topics such as the swimming curriculum. Here’s what we learned. 1.

    18.51 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Art & Design GCSE entries stay strong in face of EBacc

    Fewer pupils have been entered for non-EBacc subjects this year, except in art and design which has bucked the decline and increased by two per cent. Official government figures released this morning also show entries to EBacc subjects have soared, especially in the sciences. A larger cohort of pupils means there are more overall GCSE entries

    10.33 May. 24th, 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

  • People are struggling to understand the new 9 to 1 GCSE grading system

    Understanding of how GCSEs work dropped after the new 9 to 1 grading system came in. A survey of almost 3,000 heads, teachers, parents, universities and the public at large conducted between October 24 and December 1 last year found 62 per cent of respondents felt GCSEs are well understood by people, compared with 70 per

    10.07 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • New GCSE remark rules cause headache for heads

    A new rule requiring schools to seek permission from pupils before submitting their GCSE exams for re-marking is causing an “administrative burden” for leaders trying to challenge marking mistakes that affect a whole cohort. The rule change, announced last year, also means that GCSE exam papers submitted for re-marks from this summer are at risk

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2017 | News