Ofqual

This page will contain the latest information from Ofqual. This will also include the outcomes from any meetings/committees/forums which The Exams Office attends in relation to the work of the regulator in England.

 

Consultations

 

Exam results enquiries and appeals

Ofqual sought views on how to implement changes to regulations for reviews of marking, reviews of moderation, and appeals for GCSE, AS and A levels - CLOSED on 24 June 2016

Changes to enquiries and appeals - published 8 July

Further decisions on reviews of marking, reviews of moderation, and appeals - published on 16 February 2017

The Exams Office have also published a summary of the 'Changes to exam enquiries and appeals' (please note that this been written as an overview by The Exams Office and not Ofqual)

 

Setting GCSE, AS & A-level grade boundaries

Ofqual consulted on the rules and guidance for the grading of legacy GCSEs, AS & A-levels, and reformed AS & A-levels - CLOSED on 9 June 2016

Please visit the Ofqual website for details of the outcome.

 

Entry level qualifications

Ofqual reviewed its regulation of qualifications in the light of the government’s recently published skills plan and proposes to remove the regulations previously put in place by QCA in 2011 - CLOSED on 7 October 2016

Please visit the Ofqual website for details of the outcome.

 

Information

 

Read Ofqual's blog which details why predicting grade boundaries is particularly difficult this year with the assessmnet of reformed qualifications. 

 

  • The new 9 to 1 GCSE grades

GCSEs will start being graded from 9 to 1 next year, with 9 as the top grade. Ofqual, the exams regulator, is launching a nationwide campaign to make sure teachers, students and their parents all understand what this means for results, come August 2017.

Ofqual is asking for your help to achieve this, by spreading the word within your school. Please sign up to the e-bulletin, 9 to 1 news, for invitations to free webinars, alerts about the new grading scale and links to up-to-date information. The bulletin will include resources to help inform the rest of your school about what 9 to 1 grading means. You can also click here for a series of infographic ‘postcards’ about all the reforms, or simply Google “Ofqual postcards”. We will hold webinars on Wednesday 23 November at 10am and 2pm. You can find out more or sign up to them here.

 

View Ofqual's 9 to 1 - The new GCSE grades films

 

Ofqual have prepared a “10 things you need to know” blog (see link above) to clear up some misconceptions about their approach to the various reviews of exam marking,

This document aims to provide clarity for both teachers and students.

 

A collection of documents showing how Ofqual is currently and is planning to reform GCSE qualifications.

 

A collection of documents showing how Ofqual is currently and is planning to reform AS level and A level qualifications.

 

A guide on applying to Ofqual for a review of exam results following a decision by the awarding organisation - THIS GUIDANCE DOES NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS OR PARENTS

Student/Parent appeals can only be made through the school/college. Awarding organisations will NOT accept appeals from students/parents. 

 

Published on The Student Room website, this guide for students explains some changes to the way exam re-marks are carried out.

 

A pack of slides with information from Ofqual and the Department for Education that teachers can use to explain the reforms to parents.

 

News - 2016/17 

 

Please see below for 2016/17 news/reports from Ofqual.

 

Information 'Postcards' 

 

Ofqual have published a series of 'postcards' which outline the current reforms to qualifications in England:

 

The Exams Office recommends that schools sign up to receive Ofqual's 'Exam matters' update for the latest information from the regulator.

 

Centres should also view the 'Ofqual blog' for the latest information and guidance.

 

 

Please note that the information provided on this website may not be a comprehensive list of information and tasks relating to your school/college. There may be other specific requirements in your school/college depending on the qualifications undertaken or subjects studied, so please check with teaching staff and the relevant awarding bodies to ensure that you are clear in what is required of you and the associated deadlines. The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any administrative errors at your centre based on information imparted.

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