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John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Coursework has a major contribution to make to exam grades because it can be used to test a much wider variety of knowledge and skills than a written exam lasting a couple of hours.
"I am pleased that calls for coursework to be abolished have been headed off by this proposal for it to be done under more controlled conditions and for that reason I support it.
Two-thirds of teachers said they no longer thought it was a reliable measure of pupils' ability.
The QCA revealed that traditional GCSE coursework should be replaced by a system of "controlled assessment".Some teachers have also been deliberately marking up some pupils' work to boost schools' positions on league tables, claims the book.Under a move outlined by the QCA today, exam boards will set all coursework and controlled assessments in the future - as well as the exams."Technology has changed the way we teach, but can also be used by some students to gain an unfair advantage," he said."We have one of the most rigorous exam systems in the world.Only practical subjects such as art, music, design and technology and home economics will retain non-supervised coursework, which is now worth up to 60 per cent of marks.In a further development, the watchdog also suggested changes to the way coursework is prepared.Teachers will continue to mark work, but regulators say the new system will allow more effective moderation.Headteachers welcomed the move, insisting pupils who are weak in exam conditions will still be able to boost grades under the QCA shake-up.Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.Where any particular areas of concern are identified, which are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) training, subject to request.