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Ofqual: call for evidence on teacher involvement in developing exam papers

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Ofqual is conducting a review into current teachers being involved in the development of exams. As part of its enquiry, Ofqual would like to hear from anyone who has relevant insights or experiences to share - your response will be treated in confidence.

The exam watchdog particularly wishes 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. 

Ofqual is interested in hearing views on the following:

  • The relative benefits and risks of teacher involvement in developing exams for the 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. 

Ofqual would also like to hear your insights into, or experiences from, other sectors and/or other countries that you believe would be relevant to its review.

You can submit a response to the consultation here. 

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

We will be submitting our response to this review and outlining our support of having teachers involved in developing exam papers.