Ofqual are introducing the new national reference tests to provide additional information to support the awarding of GCSEs. The purpose of the tests is to provide evidence on changes in performance standards over time in English language and maths in England at the end of year 11. The tests should allow Ofqual to see, over several years, if there is a change in how students perform at the national level, which they will consider carefully in their awarding.
Jeremy Benson’s speech outlines the changes.
RQF – Regulated Qualifications Framework
TQT - Total Qualification Time
Also see the letter dated 29th September
Postcard explaining the framework now available. More detailed information can be found on the Gov website.
Also published 17 September 2015 are the Total Qualification Time Criteria which uses two measures ‘Total Qualification Time’ and ‘ Guided Learning’ to assign to a qualification.
Qualification and component levels.
After QCF consultation.
Guidance: Summary of changes to GCSEs from 2015
The Reforms – a postcard explaining the reforms
The 2014 Professional Standards:
- set out clear expectations of effective practice in education and training;
- enable teachers and trainers to identify areas for their own professional development;
- support initial teacher education; and,
- provide a national reference point that organisations can use to support the development of their staff
Guidance Now available. Also a presentation (scroll to bottom of page), a set of ‘how to’ guides on the Excellence Gateway and a self development guide for practitioners.
Available from June 2015.
Ofqual/15/5721 (previous version Ofqual/14/5455)
This document is part of a suite of documents (it contains links to the other docs) which sets out the regulatory requirements for awarding organisations offering GCSE qualifications (graded from 9 to 1). It aims:
- To provide evidence of students’ achievements against demanding and fulfilling content;
- To provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment; and
- To provide (if required) a basis for schools and colleges to be held accountable for the performance of all of their students.
There is also a post research review and consultation outcome.
Information about sample assessments.
Jolly useful postcard from Ofqual explaining the new GCSE grading structure against the current structure (with indication of ‘good’ pass).
AoC have put together a useful flowchart.