The next round of monitoring visits for the A-level sciences practical endorsement will follow the same process as in 2017, according to the joint statement from all four awarding organisations originally published in July 2017.
Exam boards will use information about A-level science school and college entries from the summer 2018 series to complete their share of monitoring visits for the September 2017 to May 2019 cycle.
The key points are summarised below. They have not changed since we first told you about these changes.
- Schools/colleges will be monitored for a different science than was monitored in the first cycle. Large schools/colleges with more than 140 entries for any one of the sciences will continue to be monitored for biology, chemistry and physics.
- Schools/colleges do not need to register details with JCQ at any point for this monitoring cycle.
- Lead Teachers are not required to be the same person as previously notified to JCQ or the exam board, and there is no need to notify JCQ or the exam board of any such staffing change.
- It is still a requirement that Lead Teachers for each subject should have undertaken the training provided by their exam board. Free online practical endorsement training is available from AQA.
- There is no requirement for schools/colleges to retain student records or school/college records after completion of the course.
- Any new school/college starting to deliver one of the sciences at A-level should notify the exam board so that a monitoring visit can be scheduled during the teaching of the first cohort.
- Exam boards will use entry data from summer 2017 to make contact with schools/colleges they believe to be following their specification in the subject to be visited. Should a school/college have switched exam boards, they should notify the monitor when they make contact.
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