Consultation outcome

GCSE reform: regulations for statistics

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We have decided to adopt most our other consultation proposals, but have made the following changes in responses to feedback:

  1. To reduce the risk of predictable assessments, we have reduced the weighting of assessment objective AO3 to 20%, and increased the weighting of assessment objective AO1 to 55%.
  2. We have made a number of changes to our guidance on assessment objectives to ensure we are as clear as possible about the distinction between AO2 and AO3.
  3. Minor drafting changes to our guidance which address respondents’ remaining comments on the detailed wording.

We have now published the following documents, which formally introduce our rules and guidance for new GCSEs in statistics:

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

We received 7 responses to our consultation: 6 from organisations and 1 from an individual.

One organisation did not comment directly on our proposals, but instead provided general comments on the process for reform of GCSEs, AS and A levels.

Respondents were broadly supportive of our proposals. One respondent (an organisation) disagreed with our proposed approach to tolerances for assessment objectives.

2 respondents (both organisations) commented that the weighting of assessment objective AO3 was too high, and could lead to predictable assessments.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


A consultation on rules and guidance for new GCSEs in statistics.


Consultation description

This consultation is about the rules and guidance we plan to put in place for new GCSEs in statistics. These rules will apply to the new statistics GCSEs that will be taught in schools in England from September 2017.

This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing new GCSEs, AS and A Levels for first teaching in 2017 - Part 2’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.