Ofqual

 

This page contains links to some of the latest information from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (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.

The Exams Office has been working closely with Ofqual over recent years. The Exams Office welcomes Ofqual's attempt to raise the profile of the role of exams officers, and increase awareness of exams regulations and requirements, with a recently sent letter to Heads Let’s have a successful exam series that gave feedback from previous exam years to help make sure the 2018 summer series was a success. We were also delighted to include Julie Swan, Ofqual's Executive Director for General Qualifications as ‘guest writer’ for our May blog.

To further develop our positive collaborative working relationship, we will be further meeting with Ofqual and would like to thank Richard Garrett, Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships for General Qualifications, for attending our Summer conference as a keynote speaker.

 

The Exams Office encourages centres to sign up for Ofqual's e-bulletin - Exam matters - a summary of Ofqual's work on general qualifications sent out at least once a term

Centres should also view The Ofqual blog

 

Ofqual publications  For details of all publications visit the Ofqual homepage www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual and scroll down to Our publications

Ofqual consultations  For details of all consultations visit the Ofqual homepage www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual and scroll down to Our consultations

Ofqual statistics  For details of all statistics visit the Ofqual homepage www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual and scroll down to Our statistics

Ofqual announcements For details of all announcements visit the Ofqual homepage www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual and scroll down to Our announcements

 

An update from Ofqual (20/07/2018) - Recent publications

Publications

  • Today, we’ve published a Call for Evidence about the availability of fee information, purchasing decisions and securing value for money in the regulated qualifications market. We will use information that we receive through this call for evidence to look closely at the accessibility of fee information and determine whether there is any action we need to take to improve this.
  • Last week, we launched a consultation on our approach to regulating the new Technical Qualifications that will sit within T Levels. We are also holding three events in support of the consultation, beginning next week – you can find details and sign up here.
  • Yesterday I sent an email with a link to our revised rules and new guidance associated with teacher involvement in the development of confidential assessment materials and to a report on a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise as part of our monitoring of exam boards’ marketing and support events.

 

Blogs

Having paused our blogging during the exam season, we have now resumed.

 

Schools’ guide

  • We have refreshed our guide for schools and colleges, which sets out how Ofqual regulates the exam boards that provide GCSEs, AS and A levels, what schools and colleges can expect from exam boards and what exam boards, in turn, expect from schools and colleges.

 

As in previous years, we will be in touch to share our results’ day publications with you which will include a summary of this year’s results, details of year-on-year variability at school / college level and links to our interactive analytics of variability in school and college results. 

 

An update from Ofqual (19/07/2018) - Mystery shopper report and decisions on confidential assessment material development

Firstly, we have announced our decisions following our work with respect to the safeguards awarding organisations must have in place to ensure the continued involvement of teachers in the development of confidential assessment materials. We have published documents confirming changes to our rules following our latest consultation, and we have written a letter to all awarding organisations setting out that we accept that awarding organisations will need some time to put in place a complete package of appropriate safeguards and that we will take this into account when considering any regulatory action. 

We have also published today a report on a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise we have carried out to gather feedback from a selection of exam boards’ marketing and support events. This programme of work helps us to gain assurance that our rules are being met and that exam boards are not providing information at events that is misleading or that could undermine the validity of the assessments.

 

Qualifications reform - Ofqual communications

 

Regulating GCSEs, AS and A levels: guide for schools and colleges explains how Ofqual regulates exam boards that provide GCSEs, AS and A levels, what schools and colleges can expect from ​exam boards and what exam boards, in turn, expect from schools and colleges.


 

Announcements and Publications 2017/18

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Statistics

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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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