Ofqual calls for evidence: teachers’ involvements in exam papers development

Ofqual, the examinations regulator, is conducting a review into current teachers being involved in the development of exams, such as writing papers or questions.

As part of this review, they would like to hear from anyone who has relevant insights or experiences to share – responses will be treated in confidence.

They particularly wish to hear from people who:

  • have been involved with developing exam materials
  • have taught alongside colleagues who had access to confidential assessment materials before the exams were taken
  • were taught by teachers who knew, or said they knew, what was going to be included in specific exams

Also, they would particularly like to hear views on:

  • the relative benefits and risks of teacher involvement in developing exams for qualifications they teach
  • the effectiveness of the safeguards used to prevent disclosure
  • the ability of a teacher who knows the content of an exam to disregard that when preparing their students for the same exam
  • how current safeguards could be strengthened

Additionally, they would also like to hear from you if you have insights into, or experiences from, other sectors and/or other countries that you believe would be relevant to our review.

All information submitted in response to this call for evidence will be used only to inform the review, and will not investigate any specific complaints or allegations you raise. They advise individuals that if you want them to look into a specific incident you should provide with details using normal complaints or whistle-blower procedures.

The closing date for this call for evidence is 31 October 2017 at 5pm.

Respond, in confidence, to Ofqual’s call for evidence


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