• Exam board marking league tables delayed by monitoring concerns

    Ofqual, the exams regulator, is still trying to find a way to publish data on how the quality of marking varies between exam boards, more than three years after the idea was floated. Dame Glenys Stacey (pictured below), the former chief regulator at Ofqual, announced in June 2015 that the organisation would publish metrics for

    5.00 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Access arrangements — are they a right or a privilege?

    Recent changes to the official guidelines on access arrangements and assistive technology have wide-reaching implications for all pupils if implemented equitably, argues Andrew Harland Access arrangements (AA) help pupils with special educational needs, learning difficulties, disabilities or temporary injuries, to access the exam system. They are often seen as the preserve of pupils with special

    5.00 Jun. 26th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Further Maths A level sees 2.5 percentage point boost to A* grades

    The number of pupils achieving an A* in Further Maths has jumped by 2.5 percentage points – the largest increase of any A level subject, figures show. Provisional figures published this morning by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show 29 per cent of the almost 15,000 entrants received the top grade this morning. That

    10.12 Aug. 13th, 2015 | Exam results, News

  • A Level Results Day: "No major changes" says qualification body JCQ

    “No major system changes, no major outcome changes, no major entry changes” said qualifications joint council JCQ –  as this year’s A level result revealed just a 0.1 percentage point increase in the overall pass rate to 98.1 per cent. The percentage of top A* grades also remained unchanged at 8.2 per cent, and A

    9.30 Aug. 13th, 2015 | Exam results, News