Schools braced for ‘more variation’ in exam results

Ofqual chief executive Sally Collier has written to headteachers to advise them to expect “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results due to a series of reforms introduced by former Education Secretary Michael Gove. The changes were made to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and reduce the number of students receiving A*s. Teenagers will sit the new GCSEs for the first time this summer in 25 new subjects while there will be 19 new A-levels. It is the third and final instalment of the phased introduction of the new qualifications which began in 2017.