How Should Examinations for 15-19 Year old's in England be Run?
On the 12 September 2011 the Committee announced an Inquiry into the Administration of Examinations for 15-19 Year olds in England
The inquiry will consider the benefits and drawbacks of having several awarding bodies for qualifications taken by 15 to 19 year olds and the extent to which the current system delivers the best and fairest educational outcomes for young people.
Written submissions are invited, addressing the following points:
• the arguments in favour of and against having a range of awarding bodies for academic and applied qualifications (including A Levels, GCSEs, Diplomas, BTECs and OCR Nationals), and the merits of alternative arrangements, such as having one national body or examination boards franchised to offer qualifications in particular subjects or fields
• how to ensure accuracy in setting papers, marking scripts, and awarding grades
• the commercial activities of awarding bodies, including examination fees and textbooks, and their impact on schools and pupils.
This inquiry will not examine the design or merits of particular qualifications, or scope for change to the range of qualifications offered. The Committee may undertake further work on different aspects of the qualifications system at a later date.
The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by noon on Monday 7 November 2011.
The EOA have already summitted their report on behalf of members and have applied for further representation.