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Long before we gave the Department for Education and Ofqual feedback on their GCSE and A Level reform plans, OCR was talking to the experts. Over the last three years, we have been speaking at length to almost 1000 teachers, university academics and subject experts from across the education community – through OCR’s unique subject forums – about their hopes and concerns for exam reform.
From Birmingham to Brighton and Newcastle to Newquay, teachers and other members of our forums have been travelling the length and breadth of the country to share their passion for their subject and discuss the changes they want to see in the new qualifications. It has been a highly collaborative approach involving the widest possible range of experts, including representatives from schools, colleges, professional associations, universities and employers.
These forums have been invaluable in helping us to understand the strengths, issues and needs of a range of subjects as well as, critically, the needs of our stakeholders. These discussions have helped shape OCR's vision. Thanks to the fantastic contribution from everyone who volunteered to take part, we are now in a much stronger position to develop GCSEs and A Levels that will have wide appeal to teachers and students.
OCR's subject forums cover a broad sweep of disciplines, including all the subjects that are due for reform: maths, English, science, history, geography, languages, psychology, sociology, economics, computing, art and beyond.
Our forums are busy and lively but we're always open to new members. If you would like to contribute and influence the development of our reformed GCSEs and qualification support packages, please get in touch with the Forums Administrator for further information (including 'Subject Forums' in the subject of your email).
As well as establishing very strong relationships with you we've learned a lot. During this period of significant change, we want to clearly understand the new challenges that you face. We promise to continue to listen to you and to learn how best we can support you.
Please note: some of these planned dates may change.
Please contact us for further information about OCR’s Consultative Forums.