Examinations and Qualifications

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

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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DfE - Implementing the English Baccalaureate: Government consultation response....

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BBC News Education - Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards to catch up with high performing education systems in Asia, say researchers from the Education Policy Institute. The Guardian - GCSE standard pass not enough to match top...

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The Telegraph - Thousands of students are set to receive the wrong GCSE mark this week under the new numerical grading system, experts have said, as they warn of its “alarming” consequences. The Independent - Thousands of pupils to receive ‘incorrect’ grades on GCSE results...

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TES - A TES and Mumsnet poll reveals widespread anxiety and confusion among parents about the exam reforms....

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BBC News Education - The proportion of top A-level grades achieved by Northern Ireland students has risen significantly....

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BBC News Education - A-level results for the top grades are the best since 2009 in Wales....

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BBC NewsEducation - Almost 160,000 students across Scotland are receiving their exam results - with a record number passing Higher exams....

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GOV.UK - A level results day 2017. TES - A-level results 2017: Six key points. BBC News Education - Boys help to raise A-level grades. The Guardian - A-level results show rise in top grades despite tougher exams. The Independent - A-level results 2017: Boys overtake girls in top...

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TES - A Tes survey also reveals that half of teachers have seen attainment levels rise since they adopted the method....

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TES - Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, warns that children’s chances of getting a “broad and balanced education” is at risk....

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TES - Ofqual announces new right to appeal results after initial exam board review, if schools continue to have concerns about errors in marking or moderation. Ofqual - Additional GCSE, AS and A level grounds for appeal....

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BBC News Education - The head of one of England's biggest exam boards has expressed "profound regret" after leaks hit two of its A-level exams in the past few days....

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TESS - The Scottish education secretary's decision to scrap unit assessments will cost 'at least £4.5 million'.  The scrapping of unit assessments to ease teacher workload has left the Scottish government with a bill for millions of pounds....

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The Guardian - The government is failing to provide sufficient information about the new GCSEs because of an “overzealous” interpretation of rules governing what civil servants can say in the runup to the election, senior teachers say....

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GOV.UK - Technical and vocational qualifications for teaching from September 2017 and reporting in 2019 performance tables (updated 4 September 2017)....

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