Ofqual warns politicians against ‘tinkering’ with coalition’s GCSE and A-level reforms

The TES is reporting that Ofqual has warned politicians against further “tinkering” with GCSEs and A-levels and praised the reforms introduced under the coalition for being “well thought through”…

Glenys Stacey, Ofqual chief regulator, said this morning that the changes introduced under the current administration were “principled” and represented a “once-in-a-generation opportunity”.

She said any incoming government ought to think carefully before making any further changes “in the near future”. Ms Stacey did not name any particular party and said that Ofqual had a “neutral stance”.

But Labour has made clear that it intends to reverse the coalition’s “de-coupling” of A- and AS-levels as quickly as possible if it takes power.

Ms Stacey warned last year that doing so would “not be a simple task” and made a similar point today…

She then went further and warned against making any changes to the GCSE and A-level reforms being phased in from September…

More at: Ofqual warns politicians against ‘tinkering’ with coalition’s GCSE and A-level reforms


You can read the full speech from Glenys Stacey at the gov.uk website: A speech by Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator, at the Inside Government conference on GCSE and A level reform


What do you think of Glenys Stacey’s comments here? Is she right to praise the reforms that have been introduced to GCSEs and A-levels and warn parties from further tinkering? Please give your reactions in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Glenys Stacey has actually said something useful! Trouble is politicians can’t help themselves; tinkering is unavoidable

  2. Janet2

    There was indeed a ‘once in a generation’ chance to fix England’s antiquated exam system.  But GoveReforms have made it worse.  Pupils will be prepared for new exams in September.  When results arrive in 2017 they’ll get a mixture of New GCSEs graded 1-9, old GCSEs graded G-A* (with only C and above being regarded as ‘good’) and exams which may or may not count for league table purposes.

    The real reform would gradually move away from high stakes exams at 16 and towards graduation at 18 via multiple routes.

  3. While the broad objectives of education is a political matter, the implementation of education policy should be taken out of the hands of politicians and given to an independent body perhaps modeled on the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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