ASCL comment on GCSE computer science

27 November 2017

Commenting on the consultation published by Ofqual today about revised arrangements for GCSE computer science, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“It is clear that the integrity of the computer science assessment task has been compromised by the widespread availability of solutions online. It is an enormously frustrating situation for all concerned but we recognise that Ofqual has no option other than to consult on alternative arrangements.

“We agree that this assessment cannot and should not now contribute to final GCSE grades, not least because it would be extremely unfair to students who undertake the task in a proper manner without recourse to online forums.

“It is also clear that other options will be needed in the longer term in an era when the ubiquity of online information makes this form of assessment extremely vulnerable. We are pleased to see that Ofqual is planning to consult widely on this issue.”