Qfqual has updated its briefing papers on the reforms to GCSE and A levels

See:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-qualification-our-regulation-gcse-as-and-a-level-reforms

The NatSIP report Examination acesss for children and young people was launched at the NatSIP Working Day on 11 February 2016, and updated on 8 April 2016, is now avilable for download pdf here.

There have been several updates to the GCSE and A level reforms published 15th December 2015 which may be of interest:

1.   Link to a helpful summary of the GCSE and A level reforms: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-the-facts-gcse-and-a-level-reform

2.Link to the timetable for making changes. The timetable has been updated to reflect latest decisions on subjects to be reformed for first teaching in September 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/timeline-of-changes-to-gcses-as-and-a-levels

3. Link to assessment objectives. Updated today to reflect revised objectives for some subjects: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/assessment-objectives-ancient-languages-geography-and-mfl

On 12th February 2015, the Department for Education announced that it has published revised content for GCSEs in citizenship studies, drama, food preparation and nutrition and religious studies and A levels in drama and theatre and religious studies. As announced in April 2014, these GCSEs and A levels will be first taught from 2016. In common with all reformed GCSEs and A levels, they will be high-quality, demanding and academically rigorous qualifications which better prepare students for the demands of further education and future employment.

The following documents have been published on gov.uk:

  • The new GCSE content for citizenship studies, drama, food preparation and nutrition and religious studies
  • The new AS and A level content for drama and theatre and religious studies
  • The Government’s joint response to both the consultation on citizenship studies, drama and food preparation and nutrition and the consultation on religious studies.
  • Assessment of the equalities impact of new subject content for citizenship studies, drama and food preparation and nutrition and a similar assessment of the equalities impactof new subject content for religious studies.

Ofqual is also confirming its decisions on how these new GCSEs and A levels should be assessed, including the proportion of non-exam assessment and the assessment objectives for each subject. Ofqual’s decisions for citizenship studies, drama and food preparation and nutritioncan be found on its website. Ofqual will publish finalised assessment objectives for religious studies in March.