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Stepping Stone: the future of the EBacc and student progression

Over a decade since its inception, AQi explores whether the EBacc curriculum is the right stepping stone to post-16 study and training for pupils in England.Read nowicon / report

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The Birth of GCSEs: Four decades on, what were the reasons for GCSEs?

With the exam season nearing its end, Andrew Taylor, AQA’s Head of Mathematics, outlines the reasons why GCSEs were created.

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Assessment

Making the grades – How does an exam turn into a qualification?

AQi considers how exam boards make sure that grades reflect the hard work and effort put in by students.

Data Story

2019: Proportion of students achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths by 19

The disadvantage gap is consistent with 2017 and 2018 findings.

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2018: Proportion of students achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths by 19

In only one LEA are disadvantaged students more likely to meet the benchmark than their more affluent peers.

Data Story

2017: Proportion of students achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths by 19

On average, advantaged pupils were 55% more likely to pass both qualifications.

Assessment

What was education like when the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952?

For Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, AQA looks back on what education and exams were like in 1952.

Data Story

OECD 2017-2019: Qualifications and Employment

How does highest qualification level affect patterns in part-time, full-time and unemployment?

Assessment

Journey of a script – What happens after students put their pens down?

What happens after an exam is finished? AQi explains how they are turned into grades, in a matter of weeks.

Assessment

Making up an exam: How does a question paper get made?

With this year’s exam season kicking off, AQi explores the processes that help create the final exam papers that end up on students’ desks.

Report

Computer science and on-screen assessment: Lessons for policymakers

Evaluating the barriers and benefits to on-screen assessment among AQA A-level Computer Science teachers.

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International Approaches

We can gain new ideas from the way other countries are developing their approaches education and assessment. We should be open to new concepts from outside and within.

Assessment

A National Baccalaureate for England?

AQi looks at the National Baccalaureate Trust's recent proposals for introducing a national baccalaureate in England.

Briefing

Bacc again: A policy briefing on baccalaureate curriculum models

What could a baccalaureate look like in England? AQi explores some of the options.

Briefing

Singapore: where is the poster child of global education heading now?

We look beyond the international league tables

Briefing

Finland: Educating the whole child

Making equality of opportunity the defining objective of a nation's educational strategy

Levelling Up

Briefing

On-screen Assessment in England’s Exam System

Exploring what on-screen assessment could mean for GCSE and A-Level students in England.

Levelling Up

Careers advice: Why is it important and how to improve it?

AQi looks at a recent report on careers advice in England and explores the challenges and opportunities for helping students find their right track.

Assessment

The role of assessment in meritocracy

A recent book on meritocracy highlights how it has always gone hand in hand with fair assessment.

Assessment

How and why do we assess students? What are the best approaches?

Assessment

The Birth of GCSEs: Four decades on, what were the reasons for GCSEs?

With the exam season nearing its end, Andrew Taylor, AQA’s Head of Mathematics, outlines the reasons why GCSEs were created.

Assessment

Making the grades – How does an exam turn into a qualification?

AQi considers how exam boards make sure that grades reflect the hard work and effort put in by students.

Assessment

What was education like when the Queen ascended to the throne in 1952?

For Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, AQA looks back on what education and exams were like in 1952.

Assessment

Journey of a script – What happens after students put their pens down?

What happens after an exam is finished? AQi explains how they are turned into grades, in a matter of weeks.

Assessment

Making up an exam: How does a question paper get made?

With this year’s exam season kicking off, AQi explores the processes that help create the final exam papers that end up on students’ desks.

Report

Computer science and on-screen assessment: Lessons for policymakers

Evaluating the barriers and benefits to on-screen assessment among AQA A-level Computer Science teachers.

Assessment

A National Baccalaureate for England?

AQi looks at the National Baccalaureate Trust's recent proposals for introducing a national baccalaureate in England.

Assessment

A post-16 perspective on the EBacc

Eddie Playfair, Association of Colleges, provides a personal view of the education system, informed by decades of teaching and advising post-16 students.

Briefing

Bacc again: A policy briefing on baccalaureate curriculum models

What could a baccalaureate look like in England? AQi explores some of the options.

Briefing

On-screen Assessment in England’s Exam System

Exploring what on-screen assessment could mean for GCSE and A-Level students in England.

Assessment

What do teachers think of the EBacc?

Digging deeper into the views of secondary school teachers.

Assessment

The role of assessment in meritocracy

A recent book on meritocracy highlights how it has always gone hand in hand with fair assessment.

Report

Stepping Stone: the future of the EBacc and student progression

Over a decade since its inception, AQi explores whether the EBacc curriculum is the right stepping stone to post-16 study and training for pupils in England.

Briefing

Comparable Outcomes: Setting the standard?

What is the comparable outcomes framework, how does it underpin grade standards and are there alternatives?

Briefing

Functional Skills Qualifications: The first decade

Ten years after they were launched, this briefing looks at the future of Functional Skills Qualifications and the levelling-up agenda

Report

What Next for GCSEs?

The past, present and future of GCSEs

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