Ben Jones

The skills nurtured by, and engendered through, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are clearly stipulated, and have led to its becoming an increasingly popular qualification with all its stakeholders: students, colleges, employers and higher education. Future research is planned regarding the...
The paper is in four main sections. “A theoretical framework from economics” introduces the conceptual framework of economics, in which the qualifications industry is seen as an operational market. Part 1 of this section describes the metaphors used to describe qualifications and their uses, and...
The theme of this paper is that the process by which national general qualifications - the GCSE and GCE in particular - are awarded is no longer fit for purpose. It is argued that, although the process has changed little since GCE A levels started in 1951, much of the context in which it is...
Whatever their constitution or the type of assessments they administer, it is a prime responsibility of all awarding bodies to engender public confidence in the standards of the qualifications they endorse, so that they have not only usefulness but credibility. Although guaranteeing comparability...
The quality of examiners’ marking is currently checked by sampling their marking and comparing the marks given with a more senior examiner’s marks. The aim of this research was to investigate whether increasing the size of this sample re-marking would improve the quality control...
There has recently been a renewed interest in three types of comparability of standards in the United Kingdom public examination system: between years, between subjects and between the six examination boards. Whilst comparisons of raw grade distributions are now generally acknowledged to be...