UK’s Ofqual ignored warnings of major problems in grade allocation


Cambridge Assessment, which operates one of the UK’s three big examination boards that administer most GCSE and A-level qualifications, says it approached ministers and the Department of Education two weeks before the publication of both sets of exam results to warn there were major problems in the way grades were being allocated. The exam regulator, Ofqual, responded that its enhanced appeal process would be sufficient to handle the few cases it expected would arise. In the event, serious problems emerged when the exam results were published, disrupting the lives and education of hundreds of thousands of young people.

Writer: Richard Adams and Heather Stewart
Publication: Guardian