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Computer science assessment changes
 to exam board rules. It is not possible to identify which students have accessed or used this information.
More than two thirds of respondents (70%) agreed that the quali cation’s non-exam assessment had shortcomings and most (75%) thought changes should be made. However, views on what action should be taken were mixed.
Said an Ofqual spokesman: “While we know that not everyone will agree with our decision, students will all have an equal chance to show their
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knowledge and skills in the exams. If we did not make this change and the results this summer were felt to be unfair because of undetected rule breaches, we would not be able to address the issue.”
Sally Collier, Ofqual Chief Executive, said: “While the
tasks themselves will no longer contribute to students’ grades, we strongly believe that learning about a high-level programming language and having the opportunity to show how it can be used to solve problems is hugely important. We believe these changes will make the
quali cation as fair as it can be for all students.
“We have not decided on the assessment arrangements for
the quali cation that will apply to students taking their exams from 2020 onwards. While we understand that teachers and exam boards need time to prepare for any longer-term changes we want to make sure we take the right decision for the future.
We will take into account the ideas put forward during the consultation and consult on a preferred approach before we decide on arrangements for 2020 and beyond.”
Ofqual has announced that non- exam assessment will not count
to the  nal 9 to 1 grade in GCSE computer science in 2018 or 2019. It is, however, still an important part of the course and contributes to student learning and progress, so all schools must continue to give students the opportunity within the timetable to complete the tasks.
Ofqual made the decision after analysing more than 2,500 responses to their consultation, which was launched given evidence that some of this year’s tasks had been posted to online forums and collaborative programming sites, contrary
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