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                                                                                                                      Teachers’ involvement in setting exams ~ latest
Ofqual has set out how it intends to strengthen its regulation of awarding organisations’ involvement of teachers
in the development of confidential assessment materials, following last year’s cheating scandal.
The proposals include:
• Explicitly setting out in our rules steps that awarding organisations must take to help protect the integrity of the assessments to which teachers have contributed; and
• Publishing further statutory guidance to help awarding organisations understand the factors and approaches they should consider when deciding how to comply with the rules.
Teachers will continue to be able to write assessments and have access to confidential materials. However, awarding organisations must maintain up to date records of all conflicts of interest relating to teachers who have seen confidential assessment materials. And they must review their safeguards such that they are appropriate and proportionate to:
• effectively mitigate the risks of using teachers in the development of assessment materials, for example by making sure no teacher knows whether or when any assessments they have developed will be used;
• support teachers to do the right thing, through appropriate training and contractual obligations;
• detect malpractice, for example by sampling the work of teachers who have written exam papers to look for any unusual patterns of response.
The exam boards who deliver GCSEs, AS and A levels and other qualifications used as equivalents, such as the Pre-U, have already written the exams for summer 2018. Ofqual therefore suggests that safeguards for 2018 will need to focus on deterring and detecting malpractice and on supporting teachers. These awarding organisations have published a joint statement setting out their intentions for this summer. Ofqual expects that all awarding organisations will have made significant progress in terms
of the safeguards they employ by summer 2019, and have fully revised their approaches by 2020. This transition period is deemed necessary to avoid introducing an unacceptable degree of risk to the delivery of safe qualifications.
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