Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: “Ofqual believes that it has evidence the rules for non-exam assessment in GCSE computer science are being broken in some cases. Launching a consultation is the right thing to do.
“Ofqual has taken a positive move by highlighting the issue and taking appropriate action to guard against unfairness.
“NAHT is concerned about the implications for students and teachers who have already embarked upon the computer science course this year. Some schools may well have already completed the assessment. Students will be frustrated that their efforts will not now count towards their final mark. Many teachers will have gone through the process of marking work that will now be discounted.
“However, Ofqual has made the only decision it could in these circumstances. Retaining confidence in the integrity of the qualification is of paramount importance for students, teachers and employers.
“We suggest that Ofqual works with school leaders to help to explain what is happening and to calm any fears about unfairness in this year’s computer science GCSE.”
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