Consultation responses

Our responses to Ofqual and Department for Education (DfE) consultations and submissions to the Education Select Committee.

These submissions reflect our expert views on issues affecting qualification reform and design, assessment and curriculum.

Marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice for GCSEs, AS and A-levels (Ofqual, March 2016)

Read our response to Ofqual's consultation on marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice.

Supply of teachers: AQA submission to the Education Select Committee (November 2015)

Please see our response to the Education Select Committee's call for evidence, investigating if there is a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. We think there are particular challenges ahead for schools and we are keen to ensure students are not disadvantaged.

Reforming GCSE and A-level subject content consultation (DfE, September 2015)

Read our response to the DfE's consultation on subject content of a wide range of reformed subjects.

Developing new GCSEs, AS and A-levels for first teaching in 2017 - Part 1 (Ofqual, September 2015)

Read our response to Ofqual's consultation on tiering, weighting, and assessment objectives in a wide range of subjects, completed alongside the DfE consultation above.

Assessing practical work in GCSE science (Ofqual, January 2015)

In our response to Ofqual's consultation on the assessment of practical work in science, we set out our views on assessment objectives, apparatus and techniques, and the proposed student record.

Developing New GCSEs, A levels and AS Qualifications for First Teaching in 2016 − Part 3 (Ofqual, December 2014)

In our response to Ofqual's consultation on GCSEs, A levels and AS qualifications in religious studies, we give our thoughts on assessment objectives, tiering, and exam assessment.

Reformed GCSE and A Level subject content consultation for religious studies (DfE, December 2014)

Read our response to the DfE's consultation on Religious Studies GCSE and A level subject content where we gave our views on the revised RS subject content.

GCSE and A Level reform (DfE, November 2014)

In our response to the DfE's consultation on GCSE and A Level subject content reform we set out our thoughts on the revised subject content in qualifications to be taught from 2016.

Developing new GCSEs, A Levels and AS qualifications for first teaching in 2016 (Ofqual, November 2014)

Read our response to Ofqual's consultation on assessment objectives and tiering where we argue for non-exam assessment to feature in GCSEs such as cooking and nutrition and design and technology.

Withdrawing QCF regulatory arrangements (October 2014)

Please read our response to Ofqual's consultation on the removal of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This was completed alongside the GLH consultation below.

Guided Learning Hours (October 2014)

Our response to Ofqual's consultation on Guided Learning Hours sets out our views on GLH and directed study, and was completed alongside the QCF consultation above.

Completing GCSE and A-level reform (Ofqual, July 2014)

In our response to Ofqual's consultation on completing GCSE, AS and A level reform we set out the issues and principles that need to be addressed in order to complete further GCSE and  A-level reforms.

Setting the grade standards of new GCSEs in England (Ofqual, June 2014)

In our response to Ofqual's consultation on setting the grade standards of new GCSEs we argue that a comparable outcomes approach best mitigates the risk of unfairness to students.

Reforming GCSEs in Modern Foreign Languages (Ofqual, May 2014)

In our submission on reforming GCSEs in Modern Foreign (MFL) and Ancient Languages, we argue for the importance of equal weighting for all four skills in MFL GCSEs and for tiering to be retained for mainstream languages, as well as discuss the risks to smaller-entry languages and how these could be mitigated.

Regulating endorsement of textbooks (Ofqual, May 2014)

In our response to the consultation, we explain the importance of ensuring that conflicts of interest and confidentiality are addressed when senior examiners are authoring resources, and set out our best practice to inform the regulator's approach.

GCSE reform (Ofqual, September 2013)

Read our response to Ofqual's GCSE consultation where we provide research evidence to inform technical decisions about the structure of reformed GCSEs, including the importance of retaining tiering in Maths and Science.

GCSE subject content (DfE, August 2013)

Read our response to the DfE consultation on GCSE subject content where we explain the need for technically robust programmes of study, subject criteria and assessment objectives, to allow for the development of high-quality, valid and reliable assessments

Key Stage 4 school accountability (DfE, April 2013)

Read our views on school accountability where we argue for a broader accountability system that includes measures not based on exam performance, and proposes greater use of margins of error and rolling averages to increase reliability.

Training events for teachers (Ofqual, February 2013)

Read our views on the future of teacher seminars where we argue for the importance of retaining teacher training events, to ensure that new teachers and those changing specification can receive high-quality training to support good teaching.

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Key Stage 4 qualifications (DfE, December 2012)

Read our position on Key Stage 4 qualifications where we set out the research evidence to inform decisions about reform of GCSEs and explain how to ensure that assessments are sufficiently reliable and valid.

A-level reform (Ofqual, September 2012)

We use research to inform decisions about reform of A-levels, and argue for the retention of AS-levels to support take-up, attainment and student progression.