Update from Ofqual and encouraging news for our community:

 

Updated links to the summer symposium is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/presentations-from-ofquals-summer-series-symposium-2017 and the link to the schools/colleges guide is here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/regulation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-guide-for-schools with pdf available at the bottom of the page.

 

Ofqual would also like to draw your attention to the most recent Ofsted inspectors update from July available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspection-newsletter-academic-year-2016-to-2017  

 

Ofsted are going to do a special inspection update paper in September focusing on guidance for inspectors on exam matters.

 

One should point out that the EOA have been lobbying the government since its creation back in 2000/1 (academic year) for the exams office activity to be included in the inspection process. Ofsted oversee Teaching and Learning, and assessment output but leave the process of exams delivery, which links the two key areas of educational delivery to an exam body driven process, which in principle is overseen by Ofqual but in practice is totally independent of the governmment controled and funded systems.

 

If tax payers money is being spent on the exam system in any shape or form it should have fully accountability under the existing government regulating mechanisms. And of course its so important to support the existing JCQ inspection regime because it will be able to operate even more effectively in exam centres with the backing of an Ofsted style process across all centres..  More representation of the exam system through the regulation process level should mean a raising of the profile for the exams officer community.