• Williamson's education committee exams hearing: 5 things we learned

    The education secretary faced questions about this year’s exams fiasco and the reopening of schools when he appeared in front of the Parliamentary education committee this morning. Gavin Williamson’s appearance in front of MPs follows a hearing last week with leaders from exams regulator Ofqual. Here’s what we learned from him.   1. DfE looking

    13.16 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Exam board ‘proposed algorithm – then raised concerns about it’

    An exam board which revealed that it warned ministers of flaws with the ill-fated algorithm had actually proposed the approach adopted by the regulator in the first place. Cambridge Assessment, which runs exam board OCR, had originally submitted the direct centre performance (DCP) model that was chosen and then developed by Ofqual as its algorithm

    7.00 Sep. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Ofqual to face grilling by MPs over exams fiasco

    Leaders from exams regulator Ofqual will appear in front of MPs next week to answer questions about this year’s A-levels and GCSEs fiasco – but outgoing boss Sally Collier will not be with them. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, will also “likely” face questions about the government’s handling of the crisis when he appears in

    14.08 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News

  • ASCL writes to Ofqual over 'deflated grades' fears

    The Association of School and College Leaders has written to Ofqual and the government “as a matter of urgency”, amid concerns that pupils at schools that followed advice to mark down their own teacher grades have been “punished by that process”. Geoff Barton, ASCL’s general secretary, said that some of his members who deflated grades

    13.58 Aug. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Results 2020: What you need to know about this year's appeals and Autumn resits

    Ofqual has confirmed today its appeals and resits process. We take you through what you need to know… 1. The appeal routes open are now just for errors Schools and colleges can only appeal where there has been an administrative error with the CAG or rank order information. Ofqual said rank order information was vital

    11.57 Aug. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Heads question mock exam 'curveball'

    The government’s last-minute decision to give some pupils the chance to use mock exam grades instead of their calculated results has placed schools on the back foot and exacerbated anxiety among pupils, according to headteachers. The Department for Education announced last night – less than 48 hours before A-level results day – that some pupils

    20.44 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: 40% of A-level grades 'adjusted', minister reveals

    Forty per cent of A-level grades provided by schools have been “adjusted” during the standardisation process, Nick Gibb has revealed. The schools minister told the Today programme this morning that “the majority of students tomorrow will get the grade submitted by the teacher, and of those 40 per cent of grades that are adjusted, it’ll

    11.27 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • 'We apologise to nobody' - Gibb defends 'eleventh-hour' mocks change

    The government will “apologise to nobody” for its last-minute change to the exams system which will offer some pupils the option to use “valid mock grades” instead of standardised results, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb was defiant when he appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to defend the change, which was announced late

    10.34 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • DfE sets out plans to allow disappointed exam students to use 'valid mock grades'

    Pupils will be given the choice of receiving a “valid mock grade” instead of their standardised centre-assessment grade under new plans for GCSE and A-level results announced by the Department for Education. The government has finally confirmed its plans after the proposal to use mock exam grades was briefed out to some newspapers earlier tonight,

    23.57 Aug. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Unhappy exam students can use mock exam results - reports

    Pupils in England will be allowed to use “mock exam results” if they are unhappy with the grades they are issued this year, according to reports. Several newspapers reported tonight that ministers have agreed to allow pupils to keep grades given for mock exams – if they are higher than the standardised grades they receive

    22.55 Aug. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Heads call for exam appeal fees to be waived as schools brace for deluge of challenges

    Fees should not be charged for appeals against exam results this year to ensure there is a “level playing field” for all pupils who want to challenge their results, a headteachers’ union has said. The Association of School and College Leaders said it would “favour fees not being charged for appeals” this year, given the

    14.43 Aug. 7th, 2020 | News