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News - 7 August 2014

Ofqual to check 'extra help' data

 The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils.

 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“Ofqual said the new information gathering was not in response to any specific concern about the assistance - known as "access arrangements" - that pupils were receiving. They say it is part of a wider attempt to help exam boards better understand how access arrangements are implemented and to improve "risk analysis".
 
Last year more than 107,000 students received up to 25% extra time in their GCSE and A-level exams, that figure is thought to represent around 7% of all examination candidates for the last academic year.
 
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), the body that represents examination boards in England and Wales, will supply the new information to the regulator next summer.
 
The organisation declined to release a breakdown of data from previous years saying it would take too long to process but said there was a "level playing field for access arrangements across all schools and colleges."
 
The Examination Officers' Association, which represents staff who administer exams in schools and colleges, said: "Our community welcomes transparency in the interests of all students taking exams."
 
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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