The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. It maintains standards and confidence in GCSEs, A levels, AS levels, and vocational and technical qualifications. It is independent of government and reports directly to parliament.
NAHT meets with Ofqual regularly, both on an individual basis and with other school leaders' and teaching associations.
Latest Ofqual information
Inter-subject comparability in GCSE modern foreign languages
Ofqual has published its report into inter-subject comparability in GCSE modern foreign languages. Following a thorough review of the evidence, Ofqual has judged that there is a sufficiently strong case to make an adjustment to grading standards in French and German, but not Spanish.
Ofqual will not require exam boards to retrospectively regrade students that took these subjects in earlier years.
Qualification Price Index report
Ofqual has published its first Qualification Price Index (QPI) report, analysing the changes in pricing of regulated qualifications in England between 2017 and 2019. The report aims to help everyone in the qualifications system, including schools, colleges and awarding organisations, to make informed decisions about qualifications.
This year's report shows overall price increases of 4.5% in 2019, with vocational and technical qualifications increasing on average by 3.3% and general qualifications rising by 5.6%. View the Qualifications Price Index 2019.
Ofqual’s guide to A level results for England, 2019
Ofqual has released a guide to results, standards and grade boundaries for the 2019 A level results in England. This includes the:
Regulating GCSEs, AS and A levels: a guide for schools and colleges
Ofqual has updated its regulation guide for schools and colleges. This includes a new section on moderation.
Ofqual confirms revisions to performance rules for music and dance GCSE, AS and A levels for 2019 onwards
Ofqual has confirmed that performance rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance are being revised.
These changes will come into effect immediately, meaning the new expectations will apply to this summer’s exams. You can access the full details here.
Ofqual confirms its long-term plan for GCSE computer science assessments
Ofqual has confirmed its decision on the long-term assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science. These will replace the interim assessment arrangements implemented for the qualification in January 2018, in response to evidence of malpractice in the conduct of non-exam assessment (NEA). A summary of its decision and a link to its full consultation response is available here.
Supporting exams officers
Ofqual has launched support and resources to support exams officers. We would encourage heads of centre to utilise the resources, as they provide useful information to support understanding of the work of exams officers. You can access the resources here.
National reference test
Developed by NFER, the national reference test will provide information on changes in performance standards over time. Ofqual has created a useful overview of the test, which includes example questions as well as an infographic that briefly outlines how the NRT works. See more information here.
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Latest research and data from Ofqual
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Last updated 11 November 2019