This month we’ll see the first awards of the new GCSEs and A levels in England. Pupils are looking forward to receiving their results after two years of study. Our own preparation can be traced back several more years.
Since the reform of these qualifications began in 2011, we have actively engaged with a wide range of people, consulted on all the decisions we took about how the new qualifications should be assessed and graded. And we have got out and about, talking to schools and colleges, to universities and employers, to representative bodies and institutions, and to parents and pupils about the impact the changes will have.
Our engagement has taken us up and down the country, visiting schools and colleges, holding face-to-face meetings, hosting stands, and conducting speeches at regional and national conferences. Some of this is shown in the graphic below…
Today, we are extending our social media awareness campaign aimed at employers and parents and will be sending more materials to schools and colleges ahead of results days. Beyond August, there are more new qualifications being introduced, so we’ll review our activity and begin planning for the next few years.