• Heads' faith in A-levels slumps

    Headteachers’ faith in AS and A-levels slumped after last year’s exam series, a new survey shows. Ofqual has published its latest perceptions survey, which is based on YouGov polling of various stakeholders, including 292 school leaders, last autumn. Although the survey shows little change in attitudes among school leaders towards GCSEs, faith in AS and

    12.43 Jul. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Six things we learned from Ofqual about exams in 2020 and 2021

    Exams were the focus of an education select committee hearing this week, with senior staff appearing from the exams’ regulator Ofqual. Here’s what we found out.   1. Consultation on 2021 exam plans due before summer break Sally Collier, the chief regulator of Ofqual, told MPs schools needed to know what was happening with next

    12.36 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: 2020 exam standardisation process will ignore school 'trajectory', Ofqual confirms

    The “trajectory” of improving schools will not be taken into account when standardising GCSE and A-level results this year, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator said today that the standardisation process for centre-assessed grades this year “will not seek to reflect any trends in improvement or deterioration in a centre’s outcomes in a subject over

    19.24 May. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Ofqual reveals three week ‘window’ for estimating vocational and technical grades

    Schools will have a three week “window” to provide calculated grades for vocational and technical qualifications from June 1, Ofqual has revealed. The exams regulator has today published further guidance on grading the courses this summer following the cancellation of exams. It follows an announcement at the end of April that schools and colleges can

    13.41 May. 14th, 2020 | News

  • EPI: Suspend Ofsted inspections until 2021 and launch retired teacher volunteer scheme

    Suspending Ofsted inspections until next year and asking retired teachers to volunteer would help disadvantaged pupils “catch up” when schools reopen, a think tank has suggested. Education Policy Institute researchers warn poorer children could fall “seriously” and further behind as a result of school closures and disruption to the economy, wiping out over a “decade’s

    0.01 May. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Ofqual's proposals for awarding vocational and technical qualifications: A speed read

    Ofqual has today published a consultation on how it proposes to award vocational and technical qualifications this summer. Here’s what you need to know   The new framework’s ‘key principles’ Ofqual is proposing a new “extraordinary regulatory framework” to let awarding organisations deliver results “using approaches that would not be allowed in ordinary circumstances”. It

    11.30 Apr. 24th, 2020 | News

  • 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

  • Chief regulator offers 'reassurance' over this summer's GCSE and A-level grades

    Ofqual’s chief regulator Sally Collier has “reassured” GCSE and A-level students that the grades they get this summer will look “exactly the same as in previous years”. She has also made clear that they will have “equal status” with universities, colleges and employers. Here is her letter in full:   I understand how unsettling the

    11.00 Apr. 3rd, 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

  • 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