It is very clear that widespread cheating is the norm in controlled assessments if the AQA ICT GCSE is anything to go by. For example, pupils are getting individual specific feedback to allow improvements without the teacher documenting it - specifically forbidden under JCQ rules - the teacher is not allowed to give credit for any specific advice they gave to the pupil, yet most do. The most common form of cheating however, is when a teacher gets a pupil to do a "practice" controlled assessment in class that is identical in name only to the actual one. For example, if the controlled assessment is about a birthday party, the teacher does a "similar" (i.e. identical) practice assessment about an aniversary party - all tasks are the same except that it is for an aniversary party not a birthday party. After each 'anniversary party task' is done, with unlimited teacher help, the birthday party task is done without the teacher - but it's just the same as the one they completed with the teacher! All pupils have to do is change a few words and they are done. This is blatent cheating yet is widespread - I know this from talking to teachers at exam board meetings and also what the exam boards themselves suggest. It also what happens at my school. AQA has been informed about this but have done nothing to stop it. I can see why - it's not in their interests to! Another form of cheating is getting pupils to all do the same controlled assessment task. Pupils have to be given a choice in one of their AQA GCSE ICT assessments. Yet invariably, many schools give pupils a choice in writing only, then tell pupils verbally that they must do a particular one - all 130 or so pupils at my school are doing the same "choice". If they did have a real choice, what are the odds of 130 pupils all picking the same choice? Teachers who do the above are cheating, should be struck off and the pupils should be penalised in their other GCSEs. Only when firm action is taken against teachers will the problem stop. I do have a small amount of sympathy with such teachers, however, because they are being bullied by Heads and parents, who think they are doing the best for the students without realising that they are potentially opening them up to a lot of trouble and having grades downgraded. Of course, it is in everyone's interests to not rock the boat, and that is why controlled assessment cheating has not being quickly and properly investigated at any time in the last 12 months by anyone. Does OFQUAL care? Have OFQUAL stepped in to stop immediately this practise? Have they been closely monitoring schools to see they are following the JCQ rules on controlled assessments and published how they have done this, or pressing Heads to see what in-school procedures are in place to stamp out cheating like the above, or pressing exam boards like AQA to be transparent about their efforts to stamp out this endemic cheating? I think you know the answer. OFQUAL are not fit for purpose.