GCSE computing: Students’ work will not count
GCSE computer science programming tasks worth a fifth of the marks will no longer count towards students’ final grades after they were leaked online.
Writing to students, exams regulator Ofqual said the decision had been made “with reluctance” but “we do not want anyone to have an unfair advantage”.
Repeated leaks of the questions and answers emerged in November, throwing the qualification into disarray.
The changes affect all exam boards offering computer science GCSE
We hope this will give teachers a bit of breathing space to gather their thoughts and brush up on their skills required to teach the subject. This also gives many schools the opportunity to re-evaluate the choice of programming languages and programming development environments that suit their students and the IT infrastructure of the school. Many schools opted for the default suggested Python programming language without really considering the alternatives. Many of which are better suited to teaching programming principles and novice developers.
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