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Controlled assessment in modern foreign languages: final report

This publication presents the findings from an evaluation of Controlled Assessment (CA) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Controlled assessment in modern foreign languages: final report

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In summer 2011, Ipsos MORI carried out an evaluation of Controlled Assessment (CA) for Ofqual on behalf of the three regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Of the nine subjects covered in the research programme, the evaluation found that teachers of modern foreign languages (MFL) have particular concerns about CA.

This research aimed to explore in more detail the causes and nature of those concerns, and to identify areas for review that might address them. Ipsos MORI, working with language teaching specialist Bridget Smith, carried out 35 depth interviews with teachers, five depth interviews with AO MFL representatives, and four focus groups with language teachers to investigate the problems in more detail and generate possible areas for review that might address the issues teachers have experienced.