Ofqual updates - June 2018

05 June 2018

Ofqual updates - June 2018

Letter to schools

Ofqual has published a letter to schools containing a link to provisional entry statistics and what to expect regarding the reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels, Applied Generals and Tech levels this summer.

The provisional entry statistics show continued pressure on creative arts and technology subjects. Commenting on their publication, ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton said: “The evidence is clear that the government’s reforms have led to reduced subject choice for students and a decline in creative arts and technology entries. Schools and colleges are doing their best to preserve a broad curriculum for their students despite performance measures and funding pressures which are working in the opposite direction.

Read our full press release here.

Workshops

Ofqual is hosting workshops across the country inviting teachers who have taught both the legacy and the reformed qualifications to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.

The workshops will be the first opportunity to gather qualitative evidence about things that have gone well and any areas of concern. This feedback will contribute to Ofqual’s thinking about the effectiveness of the reform programme.

The workshops will be held in October, November and December in a central Coventry location. Travel expenses incurred by teachers will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.

Teachers can register their interest in attending a workshop, and for more information, see Ofqual's press release.