Summer Qualification Awarding Season Parliamentarian Briefing

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Summer Qualification Awarding Season Parliamentarian Briefing

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

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