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Ofqual pressured to release GCSE research

13 November 2012

Today sees another instalment in the GCSE grade saga hit the headlines. With head teachers of schools feeling the pressure to get answers to help their affected GCSE pupils, a number of interested heads have urged Ofqual to release the findings from their report on this matter.

There are concerns that the research underpinning the report was conducted by third party consultants. Much of the criticism now being levelled relate to the apparent reliance on social media commentary within the report. It is argued that the findings have not been clearly and fully set out, and that consequently teachers are suspicious of what the findings actually revealed.

Confidentiality for schools interviewed is a key issue, but it would seem sensible to consider releasing the information with any confidential information redacted. This may help lessen the growing dissatisfaction with the exams regulator’s handling of this and show that they are trying to alleviate some of the pressures by being transparent and open.

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