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Coursework for computer science GCSE set to be dropped amid fears of widespread cheating 27 November 2017 • 7:29pmCoursework is set to be axed for computer science GCSEs after the exam watchdog uncovered answers to the assessments had been repeatedly leaked online. It is feared that an untold number of students may have been given undue assistance, with Ofqual finding dozens of examples where students were able to obtain answers on online forums and websites.

The problem is so severe that the regulator is preparing to void all coursework marks this summer, meaning the assessments - which count for 20 per cent of a student’s overall grade - will no longer count.

Examples of malpractice included students posting the tasks on forums asking for help, with other members responding with detailed solutions and code which they could simply copy and paste 28 Nov 2017 - All coursework is likely to be removed from the new computer science GCSE over concerns about widespread cheating, the exam watchdog has said. Coursework tasks have been posted online by pupils asking for help and online communities have been generous with their answers, many of them offering .

The leaks affect two year groups, the first of which will sit their final exams in 2018.

The watchdog fears that both students and teachers may have been involved, and that the issue could continue to blight the subject unless significant changes to the course are made 27 Nov 2017 - Tasks due to be completed by teenagers in schools and colleges as part of the new GCSE course have been posted online..

"Students seeking solutions to the tasks are in clear breach of the rules set by the exam boards. "If the malpractice is not detected and the student receives credit for work that is not their own, then they will receive a mark - and potentially a grade - that does not reflect their true ability.

In turn, this means other students who have followed the rules may be unfairly disadvantaged 28 Jun 2017 - This is despite the courses rebranding and the old GCSE in information and communication technology (ICT) being scrapped. Only providing a single GCSE option of computer science fails to meet the needs of any student – except those that have at least some interest in becoming a computer scientist..

"Despite the exam boards' efforts, we think this year's non-exam assessment in GCSE computer science will be compromised.

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"We also think that the likely extent of malpractice may well compromise exam boards' ability to set grade boundaries and issue results on time. Similar problems are likely to arise in future years.

"Due to the ease with which students are able to cheat online, the regulator believes that it may no longer be possible to include coursework marks in a student’s final grade.

Gcse computer science pupils to receive no marks for coursework

Simon Peyton Jones, of the British Computing Society, said: “ We have raised with Ofqual some serious concerns about the non-examined assessment regime for GCSE Computer Science, and are pleased to see the focused attention on the problem that has resulted. “We have become increasingly concerned about the unintended consequences for evidence of how it is working has emerged.

“The impact on teachers and students of extra workload and wasted time is clearly causing distress, and risks a long term negative impact for all involved.

“The resulting situation makes a satisfactory way forward difficult to see 29 Nov 2017 - COURSEWORK is to be removed from final GCSE computer science grades due to concerns about widespread cheating. Tasks due to be completed as part of the new GCSE course have been posted online, as well as detailed solutions, according to exams watchdog Ofqual. Some posts have been .

”"It is really unfortunate, but not completely surprising that something like this has happened," said Mark Lehain, director of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence campaign. "Given the nature of online leaks, it is absolutely right that Ofqual has moved quickly to address the situation.

"I can completely understand the frustration and dismay that the vast majority of students and teachers who have played by the rules will feel.

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"However, it feels as though it is the fairest approach to a tricky situation.