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  • Dennis Sherwood: The broken school exam system needs an upgrade

    10 October 2020

    The consequences from this year’s Great Grading Disaster continue to rumble on. Many students still feel damaged as a result of the ‘internal moderation’ exercised by their schools before their ‘centre assessment grades’ were submitted, hence the petition that, although rejected by the Department for Education (DfE), will be debated…

  • Dennis Sherwood: Why ‘exams as usual’ are a bad idea

    15 September 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood. Dennis has reporting for HEPI on this years A-level exams since March and the A-level system long before that! It’s not all over yet This summer’s exam fiasco is rapidly fading from the headlines, and the deadline, 17 September 2020, for appeals…

  • Hindsight is a wonderful thing: Ofqual, gradings and appeals by Dennis Sherwood

    23 July 2020 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood, who has been tracking the goings on at Ofqual in relation to this year’s public exam results for HEPI. Whenever I hear that cliché, I shudder: its purpose – especially when used by a politician – is to deflect attention from a…

  • All I want for Christmas is a consultation paper (or two) – by Nick Hillman

    29 November 2021 by Nick Hillman

    As we enter Advent, the higher education sector is gearing up for expected new consultations from the Department for Education. Here HEPI Director, Nick Hillman, takes stock of current policy debates, the impending industrial action and the continuing impact of COVID. The calm before the storm It may seem extraordinary,…

  • To whom is Ofqual accountable?

    16 September 2021 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dennis Sherwood who writes for HEPI about Ofqual, A levels and examinations. You can follow him on Twitter @noookophile. On 7 September 2021, the Education Select Committee met with the Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb; the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education,…

  • The future of exams: two fundamental principles that must be honoured

    24 August 2021 by Dennis Sherwood

    This blog is by Dennis Sherwood who has been writing about the unreliability of grades for HEPI for many years. You can follow Dennis on Twitter @noookophile. Grade inflation strikes again Now that this year’s school exam results have been declared, attention is focusing on what will happen in summer…

  • A-Levels 2021: A recap

    12 August 2021 by Michael Natzler

    This blog was written by Michael Natzler, HEPI’s Policy Officer. Michael’s Twitter is @Michael_Natzler. A record number of students will be starting higher education in a few weeks. There will be more new students than last year, reflecting the increase in the number of 18 year-olds in the population and…

  • Are A-levels fair? What students and parents need to know

    29 July 2021 by Rob Cuthbert

    Rob Cuthbert is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Management at the University of the West of England and Managing Partner of the Practical Academics consultancy. He wrote the 2020 HEPI blog ‘A-levels 2020: What students and parents need to know’ (which has had more hits than any other HEPI blog…