School exam rules to be reviewed after cheat row

College Requirements Minister Nick Gibb has introduced a evaluation of the principles surrounding lecturers who assist to put in writing examination questions in England – within the wake of claims of dishonest.

“The general public will need to have confidence within the integrity of the examination system, and dishonest of any sort is unacceptable,” stated Mr Gibb.

The Ofqual examination watchdog will perform the evaluation and report later this 12 months.

This may discover whether or not checks are “sufficiently strong”, says Ofqual.

The announcement follows claims of advance data being leaked about exams.

There have been requires a clearer separation between lecturers concerned in setting questions and people instructing the topic.

‘Dangers to safety’

Eton Faculty’s deputy head of lecturers left following allegations that he had shared confidential details about a forthcoming economics examination with different members of employees.

Winchester Faculty has suspended its head of artwork historical past, after allegations of “advance information” of examination papers.

The exams have been the Cambridge Worldwide Pre-U, normally taken by personal faculty pupils as an alternative choice to A-levels.

“Examination regulator Ofqual is now reviewing the principles underneath which lecturers participate in writing and reviewing query papers, and have confirmed to me that they’re contemplating whether or not motion is required,” stated Mr Gibb.

“The overwhelming majority of lecturers act appropriately when working with examination supplies, however the place they don’t colleges have a duty to report it to the examination board for investigation.”

An announcement from Ofqual says: “The involvement of serving lecturers within the technique of examination setting has many advantages and examination malpractice by lecturers is uncommon.

“Nonetheless, entry to reside supplies have to be appropriately managed and dangers to safety minimised. We’ll examine whether or not the safeguards in place are sufficiently strong and whether or not modifications are wanted.”

Earlier this week, Malcolm Trobe of the ASCL head lecturers’ union urged that senior examiners could possibly be barred from getting ready pupils for exams set by the board for which they work.

It has been seen as essential for practising lecturers, with specialist topic information and present classroom expertise, to advise on setting examination questions.

However there have been issues a couple of battle of curiosity if lecturers are working with examination boards and on the similar time getting ready pupils for exams set by the identical board.

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