Ofqual investigates 'allegations of malpractice' in Edexcel A-level maths paper

Ofqual has acknowledged “allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing” in an A-level maths exam taken today.

In a statement posted online, the exams regulator said it is working with Pearson to “establish the facts” about what happened with the Edexcel C4 maths paper and asked anyone with information to come forward.

Commentators on social media alleged the exam paper had been widely leaked yesterday, with “hundreds” of people potentially seeing questions a day in advance.

In a statement on Twitter, Pearson said it had “been aware of allegations of a limited breach of security”.

“As is usual practice in these circumstances, we have opened an investigation into whether there has been any exam malpractice. We are also contacting the police on this issue.

“We would like to reassure all students that the planned exams next week will continue as scheduled and that we have established processes in place to ensure no students will be advantaged or disadvantaged in any way.”

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