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News - 4 July 2014

Summer-only exams start fear of grade drop

 GCSE and A-level results in England may drop this year with the switch to end-of-course exams and an end to winter resits, exam officers have warned.

 
Schools had struggled to accommodate increased entries for summer exams, said Andrew Harland, chief executive of the Examination Officers Association (EOA).
 
He said the exam system in schools was "under pressure... and that's when people make mistakes".
 
Mr Harland said that in many cases the infrastructure was not in place to meet the increased demand.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The EOA who help teaching and support staff that run exams in schools, is carrying out a survey of its membership to determine the impact of this year's changes. Among the questions they will be asking are whether there have been more exam clashes than usual and if they have struggled to find enough invigilators.”
 
Mr Harland said the survey was an attempt to collect solid data because of concerns the needs of students were being forgotten in the stress of implementing the changes.
 
Last week Glenys Stacey, head of exams regulator Ofqual, wrote to schools warning them to expect greater variations in results than in previous years.
 
"It is not possible to predict at this stage how the national picture will look - these changes do not pull results universally in one direction or another, but together they are likely to affect the national picture to some extent," wrote Ms Stacey.
 
A spokeswoman for the awarding body Edexcel said: ?"This year's timetable is in fact very similar to last year's, but it may feel more congested due to fewer students sitting exams earlier in the year.”
 
A Department for Education spokeswoman said the aim of the changes was "to put an end to the resit culture, allow more time for teaching and learning and ensure pupils develop an in-depth and lasting understanding of a subject.”
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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