Speaking on the Ofqual announcement regarding the changes to non-exam assessment (NEA) in GCSE Computer Science, to ensure grades are fair and reliable in the summer of 2018 and beyond, Simon Peyton Jones, Chair of the CAS Board, said: "The current situation could not be allowed to continue, and we welcome the decision of Ofqual to undertake a speedy consultation. We note that there was a large response to the public consultation, which showed that 70% of respondents agreed that there were shortcomings in the NEA, of whom 75% thought that changes should be made.
"To inform the CAS response to Ofqual, we consulted our own network of teachers. However, as in the public consultation, there was no clear consensus among our community as to the best way forward in the short term.
"Our sympathies lie with students and teachers, who have been in a state of limbo for some time whilst awaiting this decision. Now that the NEA mark will no longer count towards the final grade, we very much hope that the more burdensome aspects of the NEA administration may also be rapidly reviewed.
"We also look forward to contributing to the forthcoming Ofqual consultation about how to assess practical skills from 2020 onwards".