Teachers help steer us on the right course for our new qualifications
Published: Wednesday 19 Mar 2014
AQA, an education charity and the largest provider of qualifications in England and Wales, went on a road trip and got the views of teachers from 274 schools and colleges across 24 locations on the new A-levels and GCSEs it is developing.
During the first two weeks of February 2014, AQA hit the road with two double decker buses and toured the country visiting schools and colleges, welcoming teachers on board.
The visits were designed to provide teachers with the chance to see and comment on the draft specifications and specimen assessment materials AQA is developing as part of phase one GCSE and A-level reform. Students will start studying the new qualifications from September 2015.
Speaking today at the Sixth Form Colleges Association Curriculum and Quality Conference, Geoff Coombe, Director of General Qualifications Development at AQA, will tell delegates how important it is to get teachers' input into qualification design. Talking about the bus initiative, Geoff said:
"We have the expertise to put the qualifications together, but it's teachers who bring them to life so we need their help to ensure they will work for them in the classroom."
Mary Smith, Head teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, said:
"It has been immensely useful to have the AQA bus here and to give our teachers the opportunity to find out about the new specifications. It can be a worrying time when there is so much change and I think today's event has been both inspiring and reassuring."
AQA is now using this feedback to continue developing the new GCSEs and A-levels, which it will be publishing this summer.
You can also look at the Exam change essentials pages on the website to see how AQA is supporting teachers through all the changes that are coming.