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 Therese N. Hopfenbeck, Dr Victoria Elliott, Dr Jane McNicholl, Professor Gordon Stobart, Dr Tina Isaacs, Dr Jenni Ingram, Carol Brown & Kristine Gorgen.

Although we are still in the early part of the 21st century, we have already seen policy reversal in relation to modular examinations. 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.

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