• 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

  • Ofqual warning over social media exam leaks

    Headteachers should remind their pupils not to be “distracted” by claims of exam paper leaks on social media, the chief regulator of Ofqual has said. In her letter to heads ahead of the summer exam series, Sally Collier warned that “sharing exam papers or questions, real or fake, could result in disqualification” and told leaders

    10.35 Mar. 2nd, 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

  • Remove incentives to 'depress or inflate' early years outcomes, Ofqual urges DfE

    Ministers must review the way they present data on the performance of reception children to remove the incentives for schools to “depress or inflate outcomes”, the exams regulator has said. Ofqual has published its response to a government consultation on reforms to the early years foundation stage. The Department for Education has proposed a number

    14.50 Feb. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Recruitment drive as Ofqual cracks down on non-compliance

    Ofqual is beefing up its compliance teams as part of a crackdown on exam boards following high-profile mishaps and hefty fines. The exams regulator is looking to fill three “exciting new roles” with candidates who are experienced auditors. The “managers of compliance”, who will be paid up to £45,000 a year, will “plan, lead and

    18.48 Nov. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Ofqual wants to 'rebuke' rule-breaking exam boards

    Ofqual wants to punish awarding organisations that flout regulations with new “public rebukes” and fixed penalty notices. The exams regulator has launched a consultation to update its Taking Regulatory Action (TRA) policy, which was first published in 2011 and was last revised in 2012. Currently, awarding bodies that are found to be breaking the rules

    16.25 Oct. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Complaints against leading exam boards double in two years

    The number of complaints received by Ofqual about England’s largest exam boards has nearly doubled over the past two years, latest figures show. Statistics released by the exams regulator today reveal that there were 143 complaints made against AQA, Pearson and OCR in 2018-19. This is a rise of 54 per cent from the 93

    17.15 Sep. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Ofqual's new price guide will show 'real cost' of the exam system

    Ofqual has promised to publish an exams price guide that will include increased qualification costs. The exams regulator announced in its corporate plan published last month that it will release a qualifications price index next year, “measuring changes over time in the published price of a representative sample of qualifications”. It will track the prices

    17.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Greater degree of variation in results possible, Ofqual chief warns

    Schools and colleges may see a greater degree of variation in results this year, the exam regulator has warned, with almost all pupils sitting reformed qualifications this year. In a letter published today, Ofqual chief regulator, Sally Collier, also urged against teachers predicting where grade boundaries will be set and warned schools about people offering

    12.21 May. 30th, 2019 | News

  • 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

  • Exams 'useless' for computer science, say experts

    Computing experts have questioned the future of the subject in schools after Ofqual launched a consultation on plans to remove coursework from the computer science GCSE. The exams regulator admitted it no longer believed that it was possible to use non-exam assessment (NEA) to assess programming skills in a way that was “manageable, reliable and

    5.00 Nov. 13th, 2018 | News