Articles from Ofqual

Maintaining standards in November GCSEs

https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2019/11/01/maintaining-standards-in-november-gcses/

GCSEs in England are changing: new 9 to 1 GCSEs (short version)

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Consultation on rules for Department for Education performance table qualifications

Proposals to strengthen how we regulate Technical Awards in performance tables Ofqual has today (21 October 2019) published a consultation on proposed new rules that will strengthen the regulation of Technical Awards listed in Key Stage 4 performance tables. The proposals are intended to enhance the qualifications’ validity and better align our regulation with the Department for Education’s (DfE) performance table requirements.

Reviews of marking and moderation: November GCSEs and projects

Number of reviews in England for GCSEs in November 2018 series and for project qualifications in June 2018, November 2018 and January 2019 series

Corporate report: Statement on joint working to reduce regulatory burden

Details of how the qualifications regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland work to limit burden on regulated organisations.

National Reference Test: What schools should know

https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2019/10/11/national-reference-test-what-schools-should-know/

Statement on joint working to reduce regulatory burden

Details of how the qualifications regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland work to limit burden on regulated organisations.

Consultation to update Ofqual’s 'Taking Regulatory Action' policy against Awarding Organisations

Ofqual has today (8 October 2019) published a consultation on proposals to update its policy for Taking Regulatory Action against awarding organisations who breach its rules. The changes are intended to better reflect our regulatory strategy and current practice, and include a recommendation to change the name of the policy to ‘Supporting Compliance and Taking Regulatory Action.’ The proposals include:

Response to DfE consultation on improving higher technical education

Ofqual response to DfE's review of higher technical education.

How (not) to compare standards between exam boards

From time to time we see suggestions that one exam board’s GCSE is easier than another, most often because one board has a higher percentage of students achieving high grades. I’d like to explain why simply comparing the grade profiles of exam boards is a really poor way to measure comparability in a subject. And then I’d like to talk about a much better measure, and one that we use and report on each year.

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