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Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

The government ignored official advice from the exams regulator to hold socially distanced tests instead of teacher-assessed A-levels and GCSEs, the Ofqual cha [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, s...→
Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

External advisers had told Ofqual that the formula for deciding the E-level and GCSE results of England's pupils was 'volatile' and ran the risk of producing e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doome...→
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Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson has bowed to pressure from his officials and given his full confidence to Ofqual for the first time, after repeatedly refusing to do so and ap [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and ba...→
Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Around 40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, leaving students furious

Read full article: Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing ...→
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Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

A teacher has claimed that Ofqual is more interested in protecting the exams system than students.

Read full article: Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really int...→
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Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Roger Taylor, head of Ofqual, led a study last year which warned algorithms could cause 'real harm' when they are making 'important decisions about people's li [...]

Read full article: Algorithms can cause real harm... said h...→
PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

Public Health England (PHE) is facing the axe and will be replaced with a unit that will specifically deal with pandemics, according to reports. 

Read full article: PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews'...→
NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a petition against the downgrading of school-leavers' A-level results and accused the Govern [...]

Read full article: NUS president calls A-level marking syst...→
A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

The Scottish exam results fiasco could be repeated in England when A-level results are published on Thursday, one of Britain’s leading education experts warned [...]

Read full article: A-level students ‘could face same result...→
Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

This summer's exams were cancelled due to Covid-19, with Ofqual having moved to allay fears following Tuesday's results in Scotland where a quarter of teacher- [...]

Read full article: Schools will be able to appeal exam resu...→
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MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: Yesterday it was revealed that exams regulator Ofqual has decided that schools will be allowed to drop poetry from the GCSE English literature sy [...]

Read full article: MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syl...→
GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A-level students in England will be awarded calculated grades on the usual dates next month based on teacher assessments

Read full article: GCSE and A Level results in England high...→
Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Poorer children taking GCSEs and A-levels next year face an “impossible situation” because they have missed so much face-to-face teaching, a leading London hea [...]

Read full article: Grenfell head: School closures leave poo...→
Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Roger Taylor, chair Ofqual said he told the Education Secretary in March that axing A-levels and GCSEs should be the “worst-case scenario”

Read full article: Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of...→
The schools scandal

The schools scandal

It has been a deeply strange year, with the calendar half-empty for most of us and many of the events we associate with summer cancelled. Few have had an empti [...]

Read full article: The schools scandal...→
Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson today gave his full backing to Ofqual just one day after blaming the exam regulator for the Government's A-level results chaos.

Read full article: Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full s...→
Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

UNDER-fire Gavin Williamson batted away calls to quit today and shifted the blame for the A-level marking disaster toward exams bosses at Ofqual. The Education [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit ...→

Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he confirms A-level and GCSE exam results U-turn

Announcement followed pressure from Tory backbenchers, who claimed Education Secretary had lost confidence of teaching profession

Read full article: Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he con...→
A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

No10 and the exam regulator Ofqual today performed a major U-turn that will affect the results of thousands of students in England.

Read full article: A-level and GCSE results to be based on ...→
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PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

Boris Johnson was today given a 24-hour deadline by furious Tory MPs to sort out the A-levels “shambles” amid public criticism of the Government from the exams [...]

Read full article: PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambl...→
Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Hundreds of protesters have descended on Government buildings in central London to demonstrate against the downgrading of exam results.  Anger mounted on Satur [...]

Read full article: Students take to the streets as anger mo...→
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The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

“All models are wrong,” statisticians like to remind us, following an aphorism coined (most likely) by British statistician George Box in 1976, “… but some are [...]

Read full article: The A-level results injustice shows why ...→
A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

EXAM regulator Ofqual have pulled out of this morning's press briefing, as hundreds of thousands of A-Level confused anxiously await their results.

Read full article: A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of mor...→
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Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Social mobility groups say Ofqual has a ‘moral imperative’ to address any exam result injustices that may occur

Read full article: Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' ...→
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Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

SCHOOLS in England will be able to appeal their students’ GCSE and A-Level grades if they are lower than expected. Exam regulator Ofqual today confirmed that s [...]

Read full article: Schools WILL be able to appeal exam resu...→
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Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Exams regulator Ofqual yesterday unveiled a slimmed-down English literature syllabus for 2021 to account for the lost teaching time.

Read full article: Schools are given the OK to drop poetry ...→
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Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

More pupils will get top grades in GCSEs and A levels this year after their exams were cancelled, the regulator has revealed.However, Ofqual has had to slash d [...]

Read full article: Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade e...→
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Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Ofqual chair Roger Taylor said the regulator wanted to hold socially-distant tests, delay exams or offer 'teacher certificates' - but the Education Secretary p [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow...→
Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and the embattled leaders of exam regulator Ofqual will be grilled about the A-levels fiasco at two showdown hearings next [...]

Read full article: Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face gri...→
Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Gavin Williamson's department today declared “full confidence” in exam regulator Ofqual and its senior management — just a day after he refused four times to e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual gets full support... a day after ...→
Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson has insisted that he will stay on as education secretary as he suggested that the exams regulator was to blame for the fiasco over A-level and [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame...→
'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

OFQUAL have been attacked by former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who believes the examination body knew the results algorithm would hit the poorest pupils [...]

Read full article: 'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest ha...→
Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

A-level and GCSE results in England will now be based on teachers’ assessments of their students, unless the grades produced by the controversial algorithm are [...]

Read full article: Massive U-turn as students will now get ...→
Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: If there are problems this week with GCSE results, as seems likely, Gavin Williamson’s job could become untenable

Read full article: Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn show...→
A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

The government’s exam regulator Ofqual has suspended its new criteria for how to appeal graded results on the basis of mock exams just hours after publishing t [...]

Read full article: A-level chaos continues as exams regulat...→
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Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Ofqual has said it is ‘working urgently’ to set out how mock exam results will form the basis of an appeal.

Read full article: Universities and schools demand clarity ...→
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'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next year

Read full article: 'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage...→
Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Ofqual’s chief regulator said that schools should look at 'potential' in first admission that this summer’s grades may be untrustworthy

Read full article: Put less weight on GCSE results and be m...→
  • #Ofqual
Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Many students will receive at least one grade next month that has been adjusted due to standardisation to ensure this year's results are not significantly high [...]

Read full article: Exam regulator says a number of students...→
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Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Ofqual chair Roger Taylor said the regulator wanted to hold socially-distant tests, delay exams or offer 'teacher certificates' - but the Education Secretary p [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow...→
Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and the embattled leaders of exam regulator Ofqual will be grilled about the A-levels fiasco at two showdown hearings next [...]

Read full article: Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face gri...→
Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson today gave his full backing to Ofqual just one day after blaming the exam regulator for the Government's A-level results chaos.

Read full article: Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full s...→
Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson has bowed to pressure from his officials and given his full confidence to Ofqual for the first time, after repeatedly refusing to do so and ap [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and ba...→
Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson has insisted that he will stay on as education secretary as he suggested that the exams regulator was to blame for the fiasco over A-level and [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame...→

Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he confirms A-level and GCSE exam results U-turn

Announcement followed pressure from Tory backbenchers, who claimed Education Secretary had lost confidence of teaching profession

Read full article: Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he con...→
Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

A-level and GCSE results in England will now be based on teachers’ assessments of their students, unless the grades produced by the controversial algorithm are [...]

Read full article: Massive U-turn as students will now get ...→
PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

Boris Johnson was today given a 24-hour deadline by furious Tory MPs to sort out the A-levels “shambles” amid public criticism of the Government from the exams [...]

Read full article: PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambl...→
Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Roger Taylor, head of Ofqual, led a study last year which warned algorithms could cause 'real harm' when they are making 'important decisions about people's li [...]

Read full article: Algorithms can cause real harm... said h...→
A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

The government’s exam regulator Ofqual has suspended its new criteria for how to appeal graded results on the basis of mock exams just hours after publishing t [...]

Read full article: A-level chaos continues as exams regulat...→
  • #Ofqual
The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

“All models are wrong,” statisticians like to remind us, following an aphorism coined (most likely) by British statistician George Box in 1976, “… but some are [...]

Read full article: The A-level results injustice shows why ...→
NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a petition against the downgrading of school-leavers' A-level results and accused the Govern [...]

Read full article: NUS president calls A-level marking syst...→
Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Ofqual has said it is ‘working urgently’ to set out how mock exam results will form the basis of an appeal.

Read full article: Universities and schools demand clarity ...→
  • #Ofqual
Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Social mobility groups say Ofqual has a ‘moral imperative’ to address any exam result injustices that may occur

Read full article: Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' ...→
  • #Ofqual
Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

This summer's exams were cancelled due to Covid-19, with Ofqual having moved to allay fears following Tuesday's results in Scotland where a quarter of teacher- [...]

Read full article: Schools will be able to appeal exam resu...→
  • #Ofqual
Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Exams regulator Ofqual yesterday unveiled a slimmed-down English literature syllabus for 2021 to account for the lost teaching time.

Read full article: Schools are given the OK to drop poetry ...→
  • #Ofqual
GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A-level students in England will be awarded calculated grades on the usual dates next month based on teacher assessments

Read full article: GCSE and A Level results in England high...→
Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Many students will receive at least one grade next month that has been adjusted due to standardisation to ensure this year's results are not significantly high [...]

Read full article: Exam regulator says a number of students...→
  • #Ofqual
Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Roger Taylor, chair Ofqual said he told the Education Secretary in March that axing A-levels and GCSEs should be the “worst-case scenario”

Read full article: Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of...→
Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

The government ignored official advice from the exams regulator to hold socially distanced tests instead of teacher-assessed A-levels and GCSEs, the Ofqual cha [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, s...→
The schools scandal

The schools scandal

It has been a deeply strange year, with the calendar half-empty for most of us and many of the events we associate with summer cancelled. Few have had an empti [...]

Read full article: The schools scandal...→
Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

External advisers had told Ofqual that the formula for deciding the E-level and GCSE results of England's pupils was 'volatile' and ran the risk of producing e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doome...→
  • #Ofqual
Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Gavin Williamson's department today declared “full confidence” in exam regulator Ofqual and its senior management — just a day after he refused four times to e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual gets full support... a day after ...→
Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

UNDER-fire Gavin Williamson batted away calls to quit today and shifted the blame for the A-level marking disaster toward exams bosses at Ofqual. The Education [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit ...→
Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Around 40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, leaving students furious

Read full article: Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing ...→
  • #Ofqual
'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

OFQUAL have been attacked by former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who believes the examination body knew the results algorithm would hit the poorest pupils [...]

Read full article: 'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest ha...→
A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

No10 and the exam regulator Ofqual today performed a major U-turn that will affect the results of thousands of students in England.

Read full article: A-level and GCSE results to be based on ...→
  • #Ofqual
Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

A teacher has claimed that Ofqual is more interested in protecting the exams system than students.

Read full article: Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really int...→
  • #Ofqual
Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: If there are problems this week with GCSE results, as seems likely, Gavin Williamson’s job could become untenable

Read full article: Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn show...→
Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Hundreds of protesters have descended on Government buildings in central London to demonstrate against the downgrading of exam results.  Anger mounted on Satur [...]

Read full article: Students take to the streets as anger mo...→
  • #Ofqual
PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

Public Health England (PHE) is facing the axe and will be replaced with a unit that will specifically deal with pandemics, according to reports. 

Read full article: PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews'...→
A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

EXAM regulator Ofqual have pulled out of this morning's press briefing, as hundreds of thousands of A-Level confused anxiously await their results.

Read full article: A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of mor...→
  • #Ofqual
A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

The Scottish exam results fiasco could be repeated in England when A-level results are published on Thursday, one of Britain’s leading education experts warned [...]

Read full article: A-level students ‘could face same result...→
'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next year

Read full article: 'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage...→
Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

SCHOOLS in England will be able to appeal their students’ GCSE and A-Level grades if they are lower than expected. Exam regulator Ofqual today confirmed that s [...]

Read full article: Schools WILL be able to appeal exam resu...→
  • #Ofqual
MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: Yesterday it was revealed that exams regulator Ofqual has decided that schools will be allowed to drop poetry from the GCSE English literature sy [...]

Read full article: MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syl...→
Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Ofqual’s chief regulator said that schools should look at 'potential' in first admission that this summer’s grades may be untrustworthy

Read full article: Put less weight on GCSE results and be m...→
  • #Ofqual
Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

More pupils will get top grades in GCSEs and A levels this year after their exams were cancelled, the regulator has revealed.However, Ofqual has had to slash d [...]

Read full article: Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade e...→
  • #Ofqual
Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Poorer children taking GCSEs and A-levels next year face an “impossible situation” because they have missed so much face-to-face teaching, a leading London hea [...]

Read full article: Grenfell head: School closures leave poo...→
Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of ignoring their advice over grades fiasco

Roger Taylor, chair Ofqual said he told the Education Secretary in March that axing A-levels and GCSEs should be the “worst-case scenario”

Read full article: Ofqual chief accuses Gavin Williamson of...→
Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow exams to go ahead, says Ofqual chief

Ofqual chair Roger Taylor said the regulator wanted to hold socially-distant tests, delay exams or offer 'teacher certificates' - but the Education Secretary p [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored advice to allow...→
Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, says Ofqual head

The government ignored official advice from the exams regulator to hold socially distanced tests instead of teacher-assessed A-levels and GCSEs, the Ofqual cha [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson ignored exams advice, s...→
The schools scandal

The schools scandal

It has been a deeply strange year, with the calendar half-empty for most of us and many of the events we associate with summer cancelled. Few have had an empti [...]

Read full article: The schools scandal...→
Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face grilling over A-levels fiasco

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and the embattled leaders of exam regulator Ofqual will be grilled about the A-levels fiasco at two showdown hearings next [...]

Read full article: Williamson and Ofqual chiefs to face gri...→
Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doomed' but 'ignored warnings'

External advisers had told Ofqual that the formula for deciding the E-level and GCSE results of England's pupils was 'volatile' and ran the risk of producing e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual was told its algorithm was 'doome...→
  • #Ofqual
Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full support to Ofqual

Gavin Williamson today gave his full backing to Ofqual just one day after blaming the exam regulator for the Government's A-level results chaos.

Read full article: Gavin Williamson U-turns to offer full s...→
Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Ofqual gets full support... a day after Williamson fails to back chief

Gavin Williamson's department today declared “full confidence” in exam regulator Ofqual and its senior management — just a day after he refused four times to e [...]

Read full article: Ofqual gets full support... a day after ...→
Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and backs Ofqual

Gavin Williamson has bowed to pressure from his officials and given his full confidence to Ofqual for the first time, after repeatedly refusing to do so and ap [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson bows to pressure and ba...→
Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit for purpose' as he tries to shift blame

UNDER-fire Gavin Williamson batted away calls to quit today and shifted the blame for the A-level marking disaster toward exams bosses at Ofqual. The Education [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson says Ofqual's 'not fit ...→
Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame for A-level and GCSE results fiasco

Gavin Williamson has insisted that he will stay on as education secretary as he suggested that the exams regulator was to blame for the fiasco over A-level and [...]

Read full article: Gavin Williamson insists Ofqual to blame...→
Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing teens distress after exam fiasco

Around 40% of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, leaving students furious

Read full article: Education Secretary 'sorry' for causing ...→
  • #Ofqual

Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he confirms A-level and GCSE exam results U-turn

Announcement followed pressure from Tory backbenchers, who claimed Education Secretary had lost confidence of teaching profession

Read full article: Gavin Williamson blames Ofqual as he con...→
'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest hardest!' Ex-Ofsted chief attacks exam body

OFQUAL have been attacked by former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who believes the examination body knew the results algorithm would hit the poorest pupils [...]

Read full article: 'Ofqual knew it would hit the poorest ha...→
A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

A-level and GCSE results to be based on teachers’ predictions after u-turn

No10 and the exam regulator Ofqual today performed a major U-turn that will affect the results of thousands of students in England.

Read full article: A-level and GCSE results to be based on ...→
  • #Ofqual
Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

Massive U-turn as students will now get teachers' predicted grades

A-level and GCSE results in England will now be based on teachers’ assessments of their students, unless the grades produced by the controversial algorithm are [...]

Read full article: Massive U-turn as students will now get ...→
Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

Teacher claims Ofqual 'aren't really interested' in students

A teacher has claimed that Ofqual is more interested in protecting the exams system than students.

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PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

PM given 24-hours to fix A Level 'shambles' by furious Tory MPs

Boris Johnson was today given a 24-hour deadline by furious Tory MPs to sort out the A-levels “shambles” amid public criticism of the Government from the exams [...]

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Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: Ofqual’s guidance U-turn shows how broken the education system is

Editorial: If there are problems this week with GCSE results, as seems likely, Gavin Williamson’s job could become untenable

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Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Algorithms can cause real harm... said head of Ofqual

Roger Taylor, head of Ofqual, led a study last year which warned algorithms could cause 'real harm' when they are making 'important decisions about people's li [...]

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Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Students take to the streets as anger mounts over A Level 'chaos'

Hundreds of protesters have descended on Government buildings in central London to demonstrate against the downgrading of exam results.  Anger mounted on Satur [...]

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A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

A-level chaos continues as exams regulator Ofqual suspends appeals criteria hours after announcing them - follow live

The government’s exam regulator Ofqual has suspended its new criteria for how to appeal graded results on the basis of mock exams just hours after publishing t [...]

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PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

PHE 'to be replaced' as Ofqual 'reviews' exam appeals guidance - LIVE

Public Health England (PHE) is facing the axe and will be replaced with a unit that will specifically deal with pandemics, according to reports. 

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The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral

“All models are wrong,” statisticians like to remind us, following an aphorism coined (most likely) by British statistician George Box in 1976, “… but some are [...]

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NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

NUS president calls A-level marking system 'racist and classist'

The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has launched a petition against the downgrading of school-leavers' A-level results and accused the Govern [...]

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A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

A Level results: Ofqual pulls out of morning briefing as students left confused by results

EXAM regulator Ofqual have pulled out of this morning's press briefing, as hundreds of thousands of A-Level confused anxiously await their results.

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Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Universities and schools demand clarity for students over exam appeals

Ofqual has said it is ‘working urgently’ to set out how mock exam results will form the basis of an appeal.

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A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

A-level students ‘could face same results fiasco as in Scotland’

The Scottish exam results fiasco could be repeated in England when A-level results are published on Thursday, one of Britain’s leading education experts warned [...]

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Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Poorer students will suffer in 'unfair' A-level grading model, UK parents warn

Social mobility groups say Ofqual has a ‘moral imperative’ to address any exam result injustices that may occur

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'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision

Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next year

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Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

Schools will be able to appeal exam results if lower than expected after outcry

This summer's exams were cancelled due to Covid-19, with Ofqual having moved to allay fears following Tuesday's results in Scotland where a quarter of teacher- [...]

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Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

Schools WILL be able to appeal exam results after coronavirus delay

SCHOOLS in England will be able to appeal their students’ GCSE and A-Level grades if they are lower than expected. Exam regulator Ofqual today confirmed that s [...]

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MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: To axe poetry from the syllabus has no rhyme or reason

MELVYN BRAGG: Yesterday it was revealed that exams regulator Ofqual has decided that schools will be allowed to drop poetry from the GCSE English literature sy [...]

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Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Schools are given the OK to drop poetry from GCSE exams

Exams regulator Ofqual yesterday unveiled a slimmed-down English literature syllabus for 2021 to account for the lost teaching time.

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Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Put less weight on GCSE results and be more flexible, schools told

Ofqual’s chief regulator said that schools should look at 'potential' in first admission that this summer’s grades may be untrustworthy

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GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A Level results in England higher this year, says Ofqual

GCSE and A-level students in England will be awarded calculated grades on the usual dates next month based on teacher assessments

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Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

Coronavirus: Pupils benefit from grade estimates

More pupils will get top grades in GCSEs and A levels this year after their exams were cancelled, the regulator has revealed.However, Ofqual has had to slash d [...]

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Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Exam regulator says a number of students will have grades lowered

Many students will receive at least one grade next month that has been adjusted due to standardisation to ensure this year's results are not significantly high [...]

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Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Grenfell head: School closures leave poorest pupils at disadvantage

Poorer children taking GCSEs and A-levels next year face an “impossible situation” because they have missed so much face-to-face teaching, a leading London hea [...]

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