Responding formally for the first time to the education secretary’s plans, Ofqual chief regulator, Glenys Stacey, described the redevelopment of A-levels in England alongside GSCE reform by September 2015 as “challenging” for the regulator and exam boards. However, she has approved the September 2015 start date and announced six further A level subjects are to be re-written for 2015. This is from the Guardian…
“Exam boards agree with us that, on the face of it, this timetable is deliverable, but of course we will take action if at any time the timetable is at risk,” Stacey told Gove in a letter published on Friday.
Despite the qualified approval for the September 2015 start date, the letter warns the education secretary: “The introduction of new GCSEs and A-levels at the same time will place a considerable burden on schools and the effect of this should be monitored.”
The warning comes despite Gove’s decision to delay the new A-levels a year later than he had originally hoped, because more time was needed “to develop the qualifications to the quality they deserve,” he said in January.
Ofqual also announced six further A-level subjects – psychology, art and design, sociology, business studies, economics and computing – to be included in the first group of the rewritten exams scheduled for 2015, after discussion with the exam boards.
Read Glenys Stacey’s letter in full here