Education Committee - First Report
2012 GCSE English results

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 5 June 2013.



Terms of Reference

1 Introduction

Our inquiry

What happened and when

The judicial review

2 GCSE English and GCSE English Language qualifications

GCSE English syllabuses in 2012

Key factors in the problems experienced last year

Modular/linear structure

Balance of internal and external assessment

Moderation procedures

Moderator feedback

Teacher marking and tolerances

Speaking and listening

Pressures from the school accountability system

3 The role of Ofqual in qualifications design

The impact of organisational change on qualifications development

Warning voices

Forthcoming GCSE and A level reforms

4 Other lessons learned

Exam board communication with schools and colleges

Grade awarding and the comparable outcomes approach

5 The future of three-country qualifications and regulation

Disagreements between regulators

Policy divergence between England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Implications for Ofqual

6 The investigation process

7 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes

Appendix: Memorandum submitted by the Department for Education


List of printed written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and Written Evidence

26 March 2013

12 March 2013

11 September 2012




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