Julia Belgutay

‘Terrible blow’ averted for distance learners

Providers welcome U-turn on new guideline that would have put private candidates off taking exams

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Contentious changes that could have jeopardised the ability of thousands of private candidates to sit GCSE and A-level exams have been averted, TES can reveal.

Guidelines on the new qualifications, published by the regulator Ofqual earlier this year, stated that learners taking them independently would have to find a single exam centre not only to sit their exam but also for their non-examination assessments (NEAs). These include oral language exams, science practicals and English coursework.

In August, the National Extension College (NEC) – the distance learning college that was the ...

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