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Ofqual loses Stacey’s input as 2021 committee disbanded

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An Ofqual committee originally set up to oversee the summer exam series is to be disbanded as GCSE and A-levels have been cancelled.

It means the experienced former chief regulator, Dame Glenys Stacey, will now no longer have a role in overseeing this summer’s grading system.

As revealed by Schools Week , Stacey was to chair the 2021 committee to help oversee the delivery of exams this year.

But with exams spiked for this summer, the arrangements the committee were to “oversee are no longer being implemented”, Ofqual said.

In discussion with Stacey, Ofqual said its board has therefore decided to disband the committee. The Ofqual board will “directly oversee” the alternative arrangements instead.

Stacey will leave Ofqual at the end of this month, the regulator confirmed.

In an exit interview with Schools Week last month, before the exams cancellation, Stacey said she would “retain a stake” in the policy area as the chair of the subcommittee.

Simon Lebus

By staying on in that capacity, she hoped to “provide some continuity for Ofqual and for exam boards as well”.

Stacey, who first led Ofqual between 2012 and 2016, was asked by the regulator’s board to temporarily step back into the interim chief regulator role in August, when Sally Collier resigned following last summer’s exam fiasco.

Consultation closes tonight

Stacey passed over her leadership to Simon Lebus at the start of January. Exams were cancelled on his first day in the job.

Today is the last day of Ofqual and the Department for Education’s consultation over its exam replacement plans. More than 90,000 responses have been received so far.

Lebus said this morning that proposals for externally-set papers to help inform teachers grades are not “exams by the back door”. He published a blog today to “allay concerns that some students have expressed”.

He said an “externally-set task would help teachers by providing them with an external reference point, giving them greater confidence in the grade they were awarding.”



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  1. Carol Holt

    Maths exam marker since 1987. Feel so sad for the demise of what was a fair and robust system. Something needs to be done to make the awarding of grades equitable. Teachers in a “low achieving “ school will have very different ideas of work worth. Grade 4 say to someone who sees work worth level 1 on a continual basis

  2. tobi ogunjobi

    My name is Tobi Ogunjobi and I’m just here to say that the efforts that you are making are appalling and I just hope you know that the decisions you make will determine weather millions of students across the united kingdom will succeed in life. I feel as if I have been robbed of the opportunity to showcase what I am capable of and am fearing for my future as it is the hands of people who clearly have no clue what children and young adults have been put through in a hugely mishandled pandemic at the hand of Boris Johnson and his team. Thank you for your time and I hope this message finds you well.