For all Ofqual information, please visit the Ofqual website

The Exams Office has been working closely with Ofqual over recent years and welcomes Ofqual’s attempt to raise the profile of exams officers, and increase awareness of exams regulations and requirements

The Exams Office again welcomed Ofqual to our Summer 2019 conferences providing an Exams information 2019 update


The Exams Office encourages centres to read the The Ofqual blog


Recent blogs include:

(30/08/2019) Setting standards in new Functional Skills qualifications


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A summary of Ofqual’s work on general qualifications – sent out at least once a term

(28/03/2019) Issue 17 – March 2019 Helping to run a successful summer series now available

Supporting Exams Officers

A film about the role of the Exams Officer to raise awareness of the important work they do among other centre staff and parents

You can find this, along with other exam resources, here

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

Ofqual updates

(10/09/2019) Ofqual response to the Report of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice

(22/08/2019) A message from Ofqual:

This morning we have published our Guide to GCSE results for England, 2019. We hope you find it useful – please do share it with your contacts.

The key points we’d like to draw your attention to are:

  1. The majority of today’s results were awarded for reformed GCSEs, with almost all students in England now only receiving numerical grades.
  2. Reformed GCSEs were awarded for the first time in 25 more subjects this summer, bringing the total number of reformed subjects to 48. Our focus has been to ensure that standards have been maintained for all qualifications awarded this summer.
  3. Overall GCSE outcomes at grade 4/C in England have remained stable in recent years and this trend has continued this year (67.1% in 2019 compared with 66.6% in 2018).
  4. The variability in results at centre level is slightly less than in previous years. Even when there are no changes to qualifications, individual schools and colleges will see variation in their year-on-year results; this is normal.
  5. This is the first year that we have considered evidence from the National Reference Test (first taken in 2017) into the awarding of GCSE English Language and GCSE maths. Today, we have published the results of this year’s test, together with a statement about how we have interpreted those results (see links below).

We have published a variety of accompanying information, including our interactive analytics:

Qualifications reform – Ofqual communications


AS and A level changes and reforms

GCSE changes and reforms    Get the facts: GCSE reforms 

Qualifications reform: resources for teachers

Ofqual postcards: GCSE, AS and A level reforms, with an emphasis on current reforms to qualifications in England 

Videos about GCSE 9–1 grading