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Summer 2010 examinations Briefing for Parliamentarians

Summer 2010 examinations Briefing for Parliamentarians. 27 th July 2010. Welcome Jim Cunningham MP. Welcome and Setting the Scene Dame Sandra Burslem, Deputy Chair. Maintaining standards of qualifications for Summer 2010. Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards. Some facts and figures.

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Summer 2010 examinations Briefing for Parliamentarians

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  1. Summer 2010 examinationsBriefing for Parliamentarians 27th July 2010

  2. WelcomeJim Cunningham MP

  3. Welcome and Setting the SceneDame Sandra Burslem, Deputy Chair

  4. Maintaining standards of qualifications for Summer 2010 Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards

  5. Some facts and figures • Summer 2009 • Nearly 8 million GCE/GCSE student entries • 50,000 examiners • 16 million exam papers • 150,000 queries from schools/colleges/students

  6. Summer 2010 • What’s changed • New A levels • New Level 3 Diploma awards • More Diploma awards at Levels 1 and 2 • Business as usual • GCSE • AS

  7. Guiding principles • Fairness for all learners • in 2009, 2010 and 2011 • Accountability • Openness and transparency • for awarding organisations • for teachers/learners/parents • for other stakeholders • Targeted and proportionate

  8. Setting out principles for setting/ maintaining standards Setting expectations for awarding bodies Overview of the system Taking action where necessary Talking to all stakeholders Listening to all stakeholders  Micro-managing awarding bodies Agreements in secret Quotas Ofqual’s role

  9. New A levels • 6 to 4 units (for most subjects) • Stretch and challenge • Revised, updated and re-packaged content • Changes to coursework • Standards maintained • New A* grade • Awarded to candidates who have achieved an A grade in their A level, and 90% overall at A2

  10. A* examples (4 unit specifications) • Points to note: • High uniform marks at AS will not necessarily mean a candidate achieves an A* grade - candidates will still need 90% at A2 to achieve an A* • Some students with grade A will have higher total uniform marks than those who have achieved an A* if they scored high marks on their AS units

  11. Maintaining standards of qualifications for Summer 2010 Cath Jadhav, Head of Qualifications Standards

  12. Diplomas Graded components Principal Learning qualification Project qualification + • Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT • Additional and specialist learning (ASL) • Personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS) • Work experience Pass components Level 1 = 5 GCSEs, grades D - G Level 2 = 7 GCSEs, grades A* - C Level 3 = 3½ A levels

  13. Diplomas – timetable for introduction

  14. GCSEs – timetable for changes • Timetable for changes to GCSEs 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013 on New unitised GCSEs English, maths, ICT Firstcertificationpoints Sciences

  15. GCSEs • Final certification of legacy specifications for all except: • English, maths and ICT (last certification summer 2011) • Sciences (last certification summer 2012) • First certification of new (unitised) short course GCSEs • GCSE sciences • Follow up work to 2009 and 2010 reports • Review outcomes of award meetings before results • Ongoing accreditation of new specifications

  16. Ofqual’s role – summer 2010 and beyond • Reviewing data from awards meetings • Consistency across awarding bodies • Review results before cut-off • Monitoring progress of re-marks • Scrutiny monitoring work • Setting/maintaining standards in 2011

  17. Maintaining standards of qualifications for Summer 2010 Isabel Nisbet, Chief Executive

  18. Key dates this summer 19th August - AS and A level results - Level 3 Diploma results 24th August - GCSE results - Level 1 and 2 Diploma results 27th August - Deadline for priority Level 3 Enquiry About Results (EARs) (20 September for other EARs)

  19. More information… • Ofqual - www.ofqual.gov.uk • AQA - www.aqa.org.uk • Edexcel - www.edexcel.com • OCR - www.ocr.org.uk • WJEC - www.wjec.co.uk • CCEA - www.ccea.org.uk • Post results enquiries (JCQ booklet) • http://www.jcq.org.uk/attachments/published/1257/13.%20Post%20Results%20Services%20Booklet%2010-11.pdf

  20. Panel DiscussionPanel Chair: Isabel Nisbet, Chief ExecutiveDennis Opposs, Director of StandardsCath Jadhav, Head of Qualification StandardsRichard Garratt, Programme Leader, Diploma

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