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National reference test: implementation arrangements

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Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation


We're seeking views on secondary legislation to support the introduction of the national reference test.

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Consultation description

Ofqual is introducing a national reference test (NRT), which will provide additional information to support the grades awarded at GCSE. Ofqual will trial the test in March 2016, and the first NRT will take place in March 2017.

We’d like your views on proposed secondary legislation that requires selected schools to take part in the NRT. This requirement will help ensure that the sample of pupils and schools that take part each year is fully representative.


Published 30 November 2015
Last updated 24 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added government response.
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