Opinion

The truth behind the Ramadan exams saga

Over the past two weeks many stories have been written about exam dates changing to accommodate Ramadan. The stories...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
News

Schools could get right to see marked GCSE papers as Ofqual consults on appeals process

Schools could get the right to request copies of marked GCSE exam papers as they consider appealing against marks,...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
Opinion

‘Why the National Reference Test trial should reduce worry about comparable outcomes’

Ofqual trials its national reference test next year, the first big step in gaining information to help to refine GCSE awarding. Earlier...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
News

Examiners are more generous during re-marks, study finds

Examiners are more generous when they re-mark GCSE and A-level papers immediately after the summer results, a talk by...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

How exam boards make sure GCSE and A level results are on a ‘level playing field’

Once again this year there has been outcries that “grade boundaries” have been moved so that it is “harder”...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

Comparable outcomes: How Ofqual makes them work in practice

Once again this year there has been outcries that “grade boundaries” have been moved so that it is “harder”...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Exam results, News

How long do GCSE remarks take? An increasingly long time…

Pupils needing GCSE remarks before confirming a college place are waiting increasingly long times, Ofqual figures show. On average,...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Exam results, News

How long do A level exam remarks take? From five days… to 22!

Note: This is a story from 2015 – the 2018 information on A-level re-marks is here. A level exam...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

How do exam writers put together questions for tests?

After an Edexcel GCSE maths question about Hannah’s sweets went viral on Twitter yesterday, exam writer Paula Goddard gives...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott