Consultation outcome

Changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

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Decisions on changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

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Analysis of responses to our consultation on changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

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Regulatory impact assessment on our Consultation on changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

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Detail of outcome

We set out our decisions in the attached document. These decisions follow on from those taken at the end of May 2016 and reflect the findings of the consultation on changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

We have listened carefully to the views submitted and have decided that, in particular:

  1. Reviewers, when deciding whether the first mark should stand, should consider whether the first marker made any administrative errors, properly applied the mark scheme and exercised their academic judgement appropriately.
  2. Exam boards must provide the reasons for marking review decisions on request, but there will be no express requirement to do this within a specific timescale in 2016. This decision acknowledges that the exam boards will need to change their systems before they can respond quickly to requests.
  3. A level physics, rather than maths, will be included along with religious studies and geography in the pilot exercise to test the new ground of appeal following a review. This is because of the potential complications at appeal from the strong relationship between maths and further maths.

We have also decided to defer decisions in a number of areas to a later date. These include:

  1. When the requirement for exam boards to make marked GCSE scripts available to centres should be introduced (in the meantime, exam boards may choose to make marked scripts available).
  2. The detail of the framework to be used by exam boards to set dates for completion of reviews and appeals.
  3. When the requirement for learners to be able to ask for the results of centre-marked assessments should be introduced.
  4. When the automatic grade protection that currently applies following a review of moderation will be removed.

We are continuing to gather evidence in relation to the impact of these requirements. In all cases we have put in place Conditions that will allow us to implement our decisions at a later date. We will consult further on any revisions to these Conditions as necessary.

Detail of feedback received

There were 19 responses to this consultation. We also received one submission which did not follow the structure of the consultation document, but made a number of specific points.

Original consultation

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Summary

We are seeking views on how we propose to implement changes to regulations for reviews of marking, reviews of moderation, and appeals for GCSE, AS and A levels.

Documents

Changes to regulations for enquiries and appeals

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Appendix 1 - Ofqual’s role, objectives and duties

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Appendix 2 - Draft Qualification Level Conditions for GCSE (9 to 1)

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Appendix 3 - Guidance on considering Marking Errors on a review or appeal

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Appendix 4 - Draft Qualification Level Conditions for GCSE (A* to G)

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Appendix 5 - Draft Qualification Level Conditions for GCE

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Appendix 6 - Draft Qualification Level Conditions for GCE pre-reform qualifications

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Appendix 7 - Proposed changes to our Conditions, requirements and guidance for GCSE (9-1) and reformed GCE qualifications

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Consultation description

This follows on from our consultation on Marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice.

We announced our decisions and published the analysis of that consultation on 26 May 2016. We are now consulting on the Conditions and guidance we propose to put in place to implement the changes.

There are three areas on which we are now consulting which were not included in our original consultation. These are:

  1. Piloting a new ground on which appeals can be made (challenge marking or moderation on the grounds of a Marking Error).
  2. Retaining specific requirements for exam boards to train original markers and moderators.
  3. Producing statutory guidance on how reviewers determine a Marking Error has been made.