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In April this year, Ofqual, put forward a proposal that the marks for Speaking and Listening should no longer contribute to the overall grade for GCSEs in English and English Language. A public consultation was held and, having analysed the responses, Ofqual has now announced its decision.
The announcement, and the accompanying documentation, can be found on the Ofqual website.
Ofqual has stated that skills in Speaking and Listening will still be assessed and will be reported separately on the GCSE certificate.
We understand that centres will be concerned about the implications of this decision and we will support you through these changes.
You can find more details on the document below:
In April 2013, Ofqual, put forward a proposal that the marks for Speaking and Listening should no longer contribute to the overall grade for GCSEs in English and English Language. We can confirm that, following consultation with the Regulator, this proposal has gone ahead. From the June 2014 series onwards, Speaking and Listening will be assessed as a separate endorsement for students in England and Wales.
The Speaking and Listening unit is still mandatory, although it will no longer count towards the overall GCSE grade. In light of these changes, OCR have created a separate Speaking and Listening unit with the new code A640, common to both GCSE English and GCSE English Language. The unit will continue to be assessed, marked and moderated in exactly the same way as previously. The tasks, mark ranges and band descriptors remain unaltered.
The Speaking and Listening result will be shown as a separate endorsement on the certificate, on the line below the GCSE grade. The grading system for Speaking and Listening will be from 5 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest), with U for those who fail to achieve the minimum criteria.
The new specification is now available to centres. You can download this specification below.
To find out more about the changes to Speaking and Listening, please see our FAQ document below.
Ofqual previously confirmed changes to be made to all GCSEs offered by all awarding bodies in England for teaching from September 2012. We are currently removing outdated specifications from the OCR website.
All teachers delivering OCR GCSEs should now be using the specifications marked as ‘from 2012’ after the subject e.g. for GCSE ‘Computing – J275 (from 2012)’.
Note: Past papers, mark schemes and examiner reports for outdated specifications are still available on the 'from 2012' version of the qualification and our past papers material finder.
This qualification is currently being redeveloped for first teaching in September 2015. To find out more visit our new qualification page below.
All learners beginning a new course of GCSE English will need to be working towards the new specifications. The QCA criteria for English see the introduction of a third GCSE: English, English Language and English Literature. All three GCSE English specifications have been designed to be enjoyable and inspiring, to allow you to make the most of your passion for English. They all provide good links to further study.