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  • Summer Qualification Awarding Season Parliamentarian Briefing 16 May 2011
  • Welcome Sandra Burslem, Deputy Chair
  • Setting the scene Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive
  • Ofqual’s approach to regulation Fiona Pethick, Director of Regulation
  • Maintaining standards in the Summer 2011 GCSEs and A levels Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards
  • Summer 2010 A levels – grades A and A* 2008 2009 2010 Grade A Grade A Grade A Grade A* AS 18.7% 19.5% 19.4% A level 25.9% 26.7% 27.0% 7.1%
  • Timetable for awards of new GCSEs
    • 2011 – All subjects except English, mathematics, ICT and the sciences
    • 2012 – English, English language, English literature, mathematics and ICT
    • 2013 – Science, additional science, biology, chemistry and physics
  • Summer 2010 and 2011 – principles
    • Consistent standards between years
    • Consistent standards across awarding organisations
    • Candidates should not be advantaged or disadvantaged by sitting new syllabuses
    • Proactive approach
    • Intervene if necessary before results are issued
  • Changes to GCSEs in 2011
    • For all subjects except English, mathematics, ICT and the sciences
    • Most syllabuses unitised
          • No more than four units
          • No unit smaller than 20% of the GCSE
    • Only one re-sit per unit allowed…
    • … subject to meeting the ‘terminal rule’ (at least 40% of the assessment at the end)
    • Units available up to twice a year, in January and June
  • GCSE Geography – an example
    • Summer 2010
    • Paper 1 (1h 45m) – written exam on compulsory content – 45%
    • Paper 2 (1h 15m) – written exam on optional content – 30%
    • Coursework – 25%
    • Summer 2011
    • Unit 1 (1h) – written exam on compulsory content – 25%
    • Unit 2 (1h) – written exam on optional content – 25%
    • Unit 3 (1h) – written exam on optional content – 25%
    • Unit 4 – controlled assessment – 25%
  • Before results days GCE results GCSE results AUGUST 2011 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
  • Our key activities in summer 2011
    • New GCSEs
    • AS and A levels (including A* grade)
    • Diploma qualifications
    • Key Stage 2 tests
  • Question and answer session
    • Sandra Burslem (Chair)
    • Glenys Stacey
    • Dennis Opposs
    • Fiona Pethick
  • Closing remarks Glenys Stacey