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NFER welcomes Ofqual confirmation of first National Reference Test in 2017

2 September 2016

NFER welcomes the confirmation today from the exams regulator, Ofqual, that the first National Reference Test (NRT), which will be taken by 18,000 students, will be held in February and March 2017. NFER is Ofqual’s NRT delivery partner. 

The National Reference Test is being introduced by Ofqual to provide additional information to support the awarding of GCSEs. The purpose of the Test is to provide evidence on changes in performance over time in GCSE English language and mathematics in England at the end of Year 11. The Test will provide an anchor for GCSE standards enabling us to see if there is real change in how students perform over several years.

Carole Willis, NFER Chief Executive, said: “This is great news. After two years of development by our team of assessment experts, two trials and participation by 13,000 students, the NRT will provide a trustworthy and rigorous measure of attainment over time in GCSE maths and English language.”

The NRT is an important development for our secondary education system. NFER has designed, developed and trialled the NRT ready for its launch in 2017. This involved:

About the National Reference Test

Information for schools taking part in the National Reference Test