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Summer 2020 grading guidance

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How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020

Ofqual sets out details for schools, colleges, students, parents & carers on how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded following the cancellation of this year’s exams.

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Enhanced rules for performance table Technical Awards confirmed

Decisions follow an analysis of consultation responses into how qualifications listed on DfE Key Stage 4 performance tables should be regulated.

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Drivers of choice for vocational and technical qualifications

Ofqual research on the factors which drive decisions in schools, colleges and training providers over which vocational and technical qualifications to offer.

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Ofqual analytics and interactive apps

Our award-winning apps display data on academic and vocational qualifications. You can explore the data in different ways, for example GCSE results by year, English county and gender.

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Ask Ofqual - common questions answered

Videos and animations to provide guidance on common questions our Public Enquiries team receive

Latest from Ofqual

  1. Awarding organisations: scope of recognition
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  2. How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020
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  3. GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020
    • Guidance

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The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

Ofqual is a non-ministerial department.

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  1. GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020
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  2. Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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  1. How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020
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  2. Further update on 2020 exams
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  1. Vocational qualifications dataset
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  2. Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: October to December 2019
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  1. Consultation on Guidance on malpractice and maladministration
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  2. Consultation on new statutory guidance for Condition F1
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  1. Awarding organisations: scope of recognition
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  2. Civil Service People Survey 2019 - Ofqual
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If you are calling about updated arrangements for exams in summer 2020, you can find our most recent statement in the Latest from Ofqual section. The Department for Education has also set up a coronavirus helpline for queries related to educational establishments in England - the number is 0800 046 8687.

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

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FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

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FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


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The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

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