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News - 8 August 2014

Ofqual predicts variations in exam results

 Exams regulator Ofqual said a return to end-of-course exams and alterations to key exams signal "more variability" than usual at school level.

 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“This year's changes include all pupils being tested on their course knowledge at the end of their two-year GCSE courses, and significant changes to compulsory English GCSEs. A dramatic fall in the number of pupils sitting GCSE maths and English early was also likely to have an impact.”
 
Approximately 300,000 fewer students than last year have been entered for GCSEs a year early (in Year 10). It follows changes to the way league table measures count these results when the government decreed that only a student's first attempt at any given subject was to count at GCSE.
 
However, Chief regulator Glenys Stacey said standards would be "held steady", and that the regulator had an "ethical imperative" to "make sure that as qualifications change, students are not advantaged or disadvantaged as much as possible".
 
Her comments were echoed by Michael Turner, director general of the Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents the exam boards.
He said: "Standards will be maintained but the changes have meant we have seen a dramatic reduction in early and multiple entries for GCSEs.”
 
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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