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Interested in becoming an external adviser for Ofqual?

 The exam watchdog is looking for modern foreign languages and vocational subject experts.

Much of Ofqual’s work, across both the general and vocational areas, uses subject experts drawn from the teaching profession, academia and examiners as well as other education professionals. 

They are currently recruiting for additional subject experts in some key subjects:  

·       Modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, modern Greek, Gujarati, modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Urdu and Turkish)

·         Hairdressing

·         Animal care

·         Children’s care

·         Plumbing

·         Business management (at levels six and seven)

·         First aid

·         Paediatric first aid

·         Construction.

In a blog post (15 January 2016), Ofqual Business and Projects Manager Pete Arnold wrote: “Ofqual’s staff hold a great deal of knowledge regarding – among other things – assessment practices, standards, regulatory policy and compliance. However, as a relatively small organisation, we don’t have the necessary in-house subject expertise to address the full range of work that we do.

“This makes the role of external subject experts critical during activities such as reform accreditation, the development of subject-level conditions and guidance, and independent scrutiny of both general and vocational qualifications, which all require a high level of subject expertise.” 

He added: “Being on Ofqual’s list of approved experts isn’t a guarantee of work, and we make this clear when experts are accepted. However, the opportunity to be involved with crucial pieces of work – such as the current reform of GCSEs and A levels, and the continuing improvement of vocational qualifications – isn’t one to be passed up, and this sort of work is frequently seen by our experts as excellent CPD [continuing professional development].”

Page Published: 25/01/2016