Examination reform: The impact of linear and modular examinations at GCSE

Funder: Ofqual (£241,420)

Principal Investigators: Professor Jo-Anne Baird & Dr Michelle Meadows (Ofqual)

Collaborators: Dr Daniel Caro, Dr Victoria Elliott, Dr Yasmine El Masri, Dr Jenni Ingram, Dr Anne Pinot de Moira and Ashmita Randhawa from the Oxford University Department of Education, Dr Caroline Morin, and Dr Rachel Taylor from Ofqual and Dr Tina Isaacs  and Prof Gordon Stobart  from UCL Institute of Education.

This project includes a broad research programme on the structural reforms of GCSE that will document their impacts so that policy makers can better understand the likely effects of future reform agendas in this area. It will investigate the effects of linear and modular examinations on students’ outcomes, the standard-setting process, economic implications and the effects upon teachers and learners.

This is a collaborative project between Ofqual and OUCEA, monitoring the impact of the new GCSE English Literature, English Language and mathematics examinations in 2017. The research programme will be completed in 2018 and includes three strands:

  • Contextualisation of qualification structure policy
  • Quantitative research on outcomes
  • Qualitative Research on Teachers Views on School Practice

The project’s final report and summary report were published in April 2019.

Prof Jo-Anne Baird also presented the findings of the project in a Tes Podagogy podcast in May 2019.