Dear Parents & Carers
The consultation on what should replace GCSE and A Level exams is underway. It is an open consultation and Ofqual are seeking views from all interested parties at this time. The document can be found on the Gov.uk website and you can respond to the consultation here. It’s open until Friday 29 January.
It is 46 pages long and covers an awful lot of questions, however the general proposal is that teachers submit a grade they believe reflects the knowledge and skills of each student. There won’t be an algorithm this year. (If you remember it was the use of an algorithm last year which adjusted so many teacher grades and led to the debacle followed by the U-turn.) We are delighted to see the back of it. There may be a type of formal assessment to replace exams; the key differences between these assessments and actual exams being: they are marked internally rather than by examiners, there may be flexibility in the content so we can choose which topics to examine (all schools are at different stages due to disruption so being able to examine only topics we have covered is positive), and the grade achieved in these assessments is only one part of the evidence used, again allowing that some students have greater levels of disruption than others, even within an organisation. Having said this, in their efforts to maintain rigour in the system, it could be argued that not enough allowance is given for students with varying levels of disrupted learning. (more…)