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   Call for evidence
Teachers’ involvement in developing exam papers
  Disclosure of con dential information about the content
of an exam before it is taken is a form of malpractice that damages public con dence and, if not found and dealt with, can be unfair for students.
OFQUAL rules require awarding organisations to take all reasonable steps to prevent such disclosure and secure the con dentiality of exam papers and other con dential assessment materials.
An awarding organisation must investigate any suspected or alleged breach of con dentiality and take appropriate action against those responsible. It must also take all reasonable steps to prevent such incidents recurring.
OFQUAL says: “While we expect any con icts of interest to be
well managed, our rules do not prohibit awarding organisations engaging active teachers from writing and reviewing individual exam questions or whole papers. We are now inviting evidence from
pupils, teachers and other interested parties to inform our review of
the balance of the bene ts and risks of current practice, whereby some question writers and exam paper reviewers are also teachers; and whether the current safeguards associated with this practice are suf cient or could be strengthened.
OFQUAL invites contributions to their review from anyone who has relevant insights or experiences
to share. They particularly wish
to hear from people who have been involved in developing exam materials or who have taught alongside colleagues who had access to con dential assessment materials before the exams were taken or who were taught by teachers who knew, or said they knew, what was going to be included in speci c exams.
All information submitted in response to this call for evidence will be used only to inform the review, and not to investigate any speci c complaints or allegations.
Distinguished lecturer inspires Classics students
Heritage Open Day
Godolphin School, Wiltshire, teaches both Latin and Ancient Greek from age 11 through to A-level, in the belief that through studying these subjects, girls learn transferable skills such as perception, analysis, reasoning and assimilation which are valued by a range of professions such
as Law, Journalism, Politics and Business.
Classics students had a rare treat last month (September), with the visit of Dr Ingo Gildenhard from King’s College, Cambridge. Dr Gildenhard is
a distinguished lecturer and writer on such topics as Tacitus, Ovid and Virgil.
the gardens have since been substantially altered.
Members of the public were given guided tours by Paul Crisell, Deputy Head and former pupil, who took great pride in showing his School and grounds to the attending visitors. He
He  rst chaired a sixth form seminar on ‘Ovid and the Bible’ where he proposed
that Ovid’s Metamorphoses could be regarded as a parallel religious text in terms of revealing human nature and development from creation to apocalypse. This was followed by his main talk on the Aeneid.
Speaking afterwards, Primrose Campbell, Head of Classics said: ‘Dr Gildenhard inspired us all with his passion and enthusiasm for all things classical and we feel very privileged to have hosted his visit”
said, “The Heritage Open Days at Barrow Hills are a celebration of architecture and culture, offering visitors free access to the historic School building and gardens and to hear interesting stories about the origins of the School and its architectural secrets that bring local history and culture to life.”
Barrow Hills School, Surrey, opened its doors to the public for guided tours of the historic building and grounds last month (September) for the third consecutive year, as part of the celebrations associated with the national Heritage Open Days initiative, England’s biggest festival of history and culture.
Visitors to Barrow Hills were able to explore the principal School building – Great Roke – which was built in 1909 by partner architects, Buckland and Hayward, one of the leading Arts and Crafts architect  rms of the Birmingham movement. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, the former country house has been hailed as ‘the most ambitious house undertaken by the partners and is arguably
one of the  nest large houses produced by the Birmingham movement’ – costing a grand total of £25,000!
After being inhabited by two families, the house was taken on by the Josephite Fathers as an all boys’ boarding preparatory school, which later evolved into the current co-educational day school, now run by the Bridewell Royal Hospital charity.
In addition to the display of stunning architecture within
Great Roke, the tour provided
an opportunity to view the 33- acre estate grounds and witness some of the handiwork by the esteemed landscape garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, although
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