Ofqual

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Students in England to sit repeated mock A-levels and GCSEs, Ofqual says
Unions and school leaders critical after regulator publishes long-delayed contingency plan

Richard Adams Education editor

11, Nov, 2021 @5:29 PM

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English exam boards may be asked to avoid ‘complex language’
Regulator aims to tackle ways ‘irrelevant features’ disadvantage pupils

Rachel Hall

01, Nov, 2021 @3:58 PM

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Ofqual plans ‘glide path’ back to pre-Covid exam grading in England
Government aims to avoid sudden drop in GCSE and A-level grades after sharp rises in 2020 and 2021

Richard Adams Education editor

01, Sep, 2021 @6:13 PM

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After record A-level results, government must manage next year’s hangover
Analysis: switching to pre-Covid ‘norm-referenced’ grading in 2022 could sharply deflate results if adjustments are not made carefully

Richard Adams Education editor

10, Aug, 2021 @5:50 PM

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Private schools in England give pupils top grades in 70% of A-level entries
Teacher-assessed grades in lieu of exams benefit those at independent schools as gap with state education widens

Richard Adams Education editor

10, Aug, 2021 @4:45 PM

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Pupils in England to get advance notice of topics in GCSEs and A-levels
Plans unveiled by government are intended to mitigate learning lost over last 18 months of disruption

Sally Weale Education correspondent

12, Jul, 2021 @2:55 PM

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Gavin Williamson’s nominee to head Ofqual not qualified for job, says Labour
Education secretary accused of giving a ‘plum role’ to a close adviser without relevant experience

Richard Adams Education editor

04, Jul, 2021 @4:33 PM

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Ofqual wanted to scrap last year’s A-levels, says former chair
Roger Taylor says England’s exam regulator backed down to government, leading to use of algorithms to award grades

Richard Adams Education editor

14, Jun, 2021 @5:01 AM

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Ofqual: bias against disadvantaged and SEN pupils ‘common’ in assessments
Findings by England’s exams regulator add to concerns about government’s summer assessment process

Sally Weale

17, May, 2021 @7:35 PM

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A-level and GCSE grade inflation ‘inevitable in English system’
School leaders warn this year’s results likely to see inflation similar to last year despite efforts to make system fairer

Sally Weale and Richard Adams

09, May, 2021 @10:31 AM

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Headteachers in England call for refund of £220m summer exam fees
Campaigners want examination boards to give back half of fees after decision to scrap A-levels and GCSEs

Richard Adams Education editor

08, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Few schools and colleges will rely solely on exam results to set grades
Only 7% of secondary schools surveyed by schools body said they would rely entirely on tests ‘sat in exam-style conditions’

Richard Adams, Education editor

23, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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