ASCL understand the reasons behind Ofqual’s proposal that examination is the preferred means of assessment for all content in GCSE computer science.
We accept and support Ofqual’s reasoning that it is not possible to use NEA in a way that is reliable and fair for the programming aspect of the examination. We would not support assessments which would be vulnerable to any form of malpractice.
We accept that we need to mitigate the risks of malpractice and, given the ever-changing technological developments, we appreciate that the only way of being confident in the authorship of work in programming is likely to be through examination.
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