Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

16 69

Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…

Tag Archive: GCSE

Pocket Watch – Setting the grade for GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2014/23 Introduction Nipping in just before the end of the spring term, Ofqual’s consultation last week on grade standards for the new GCSEs will be eagerly read by those anxious for more information on these new qualifications. It may be taking some time but GCSEs are taken by…

Pocket Watch – Catching up on the latest GCSE and A’ developments

Examination

To download the PDF please click here 2014/24 Introduction Following last week’s proposals on setting grading standards for the new GCSEs, both the DfE and Ofqual have been busy this week releasing the latest batch of GCSE and A’ level reform details. It may be the Easter break but the programme’s working to a tight…

Pocket Watch – Bringing on GCSEs

GCSE Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/75 Introduction New GCSEs moved a step nearer last week with the release of a further round of Papers from both the DfE and Ofqual. They included the Dept’s response to its summer consultation on subject content for the main EBacc subjects, an outline of what now to…

Pocket Watch – New implementation plans for A level and GCSE

A Level Exam

To download the PDF please click here 2013/62 Introduction So we are to have a phased rather than a big bang introduction for the new A levels and GCSEs. It means considerable breathing space for GCSEs where only English (Lang and Lit) and maths will now be prepared for first teaching from 2015 with other…

Pocket Watch – Making sense of the GCSE reforms

Exam Hall

To download the PDF please click here 2013/42 Introduction This week saw the latest stage in the protracted programme of reform for GCSE as two sets of consultation were launched, one from the DfE on proposed specs and assessment objectives for the first batch of new styled GCSEs and the other from the regulator Ofqual…

Policy Watch – How Key Stage 4 looks now

Select Committee

To download the PDF click here 2013/14 Introduction So ‘new’ GCSEs rather than EBCs it is then with the emphasis heavily on the ‘new.’ The EBacc, not to be confused with the English Bacc Certificates (EBCs), remains as a headline measure in the also new accountability system but that’s as far as EBC developments go…

Pocket Watch: Drawing up lines around the EBacc

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Introduction Consultation has now closed on the Dept’s proposals to implement EBCs at Key Stage 4 but debate remains as fierce as ever. The last few weeks have seen a petition launched, 22 Professors of Education write to the Prime Minister, Ofqual commit its concerns to paper and leading figures from the worlds of the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2012

October 2012

To download the report please click here Main talking points October is traditionally a heavy month for policy announcements and Oct 2012 has been no different with some significant Conference speeches and some hefty Reports. Three Reports, all listed here, perhaps best capture where interest is at its sharpest. For schools, the Education Committee Report…

Pocket Watch – ‘I can do maths’

Maths calculations

To download the report please click here Introduction Next spring, employers and learning providers will be invited to sign up to a new initiative designed to tackle the long-standing concerns in this country about levels of maths/numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge which was announced this week has been drawn up by a new charity set…

Policy Watch – Reforming GCSE

GCSE Exam

To download please click here Introduction Not a return to O levels and CSEs then but there is to be a return to ‘rigour.’ That’s the claim in the announcement made this week setting out proposals for the reform of GCSEs. This rigour is to come in the form of a new suite of ‘core…