Examinations and Qualifications

Information about qualifications, awarding bodies and the regulation of examinations and qualifications in all parts of the United Kingdom.

DfE - Education Secretary Damian Hinds launches consultation reviewing qualifications at Level 3 and below. DfE - Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England. DfE - Students and qualifications at level 3 and below in England.  (This ad-hoc statistical release is...

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Ofqual - Our summer report is published alongside reviews of marking and moderation statistics and a range of associated analyses....

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DfE - Winning bidders to have exclusive rights to deliver first T Levels from 2020....

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DfE - Pupils across the country celebrate success in new gold-standard GCSE qualifications. TES - GCSE results: Top grades up for first time in seven years. BBC News - GCSE results rise despite tougher exams. The Guardian - GCSEs: boys close gap on girls after exams overhaul....

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BBC News - A-level students have been awarded the highest proportion of As and A*s since 2012, amid changes toughening the exams in England. DfE - Next generation of young people gaining the skills Britain needs. The Guardian - A-levels: proportion of students in England...

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BBC News - There has been a further improvement in Welsh students' performance at the top grades at A level....

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BBC News - More boys than girls have achieved the top A-Level grade in Northern Ireland for the first time....

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The Sunday Times - Exam results are to be downgraded as a measure of school quality as the chief inspector moves to stamp out a culture of cramming children for tests....

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The Guardian - The chief qualifications regulator in England, Sally Collier, said that year’s A-level and GCSE students would not be suffer from being the first to take the new, tougher, exams....

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BBC News - The pass rate for this year's Higher exams was "broadly stable", Education Secretary John Swinney has said....

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BBC News - A GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL) could be introduced in the UK before the next general election following a campaign by a deaf schoolboy....

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TES - Additional resits for applied generals, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, will be available beyond this summer....

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TES - It would be 'sad' if key stage 3 was only about GCSE preparation, says Pearson vice-president.  Exam board leaders have raised concerns about schools that teach GCSEs over three years, instead of the two-year period they were designed for....

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Ofqual - The purpose of this report is to review how moderation is currently being delivered in a number of jurisdictions across the world at upper secondary, and in particular to consider what might be learnt in terms of the approach...

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TES - One of the biggest academy chains in the country has discussed entering as few as 15 per cent of pupils for the EBacc as part of plans to provide a more "appropriate" curriculum....

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BBC News - British Sign Language should be turned into a GCSE that is taught in schools, MPs were told.  The appeal came as a petition calling for British Sign Language to be made part of the national curriculum attracted more...

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TES - Ofqual says consultation will be launched later this month on improving safeguards against teacher-examiners cheating.  Incidents where teacher-examiners have leaked questions to their students ahead of exams have been "deeply corrosive to public confidence", a high-ranking Ofqual official has...

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TES - The number of penalties issued to students has also risen – with the use of mobile phones in exam rooms a major factor, Ofqual figures show. Ofqual - Malpractice for GCSEs, AS and A levels: 2017....

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Ofqual - Our summer report is being published alongside reviews of marking and moderation statistics and a range of associated analyses....

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DfE - Information about the subjects and qualifications that count towards the EBacc....

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Ofqual - Number of entries and late entries in GCSE, AS and A level qualifications. TES - AS-level numbers drop sharply after decoupling....

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TES - British teenagers perform better at working in groups to solve problems than they do in reading and maths, global rankings suggest. PISA - PISA 2015 Results (Volume V): Collaborative Problem Solving....

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GOV.UK - Regulated qualifications, awarding bodies, assessing, marking, participation and performance, appeals, National Reference Test....

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TES - Hundreds of students were entered for maths GCSE with more than one board in 2016, freedom of information figures show.  Schools that appear to have entered pupils for GCSE maths with more than one board are to be investigated by the Joint...

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GOV.UK - Ofqual's annual report and accounts for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017....

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