Glenys Stacey: No regrets and no mistakes as head of Ofqual

The TES has an interview with Dame Glenys Stacey, who is leaving Ofqual at the end of this month.

In her first interview since announcing her departure in August, the outgoing chief executive told TES that she had made no errors since taking charge at the exams watchdog in 2011.

She said that she was proud of having helped to “shape up a good, competent regulator” over the past five years. And asked whether she had made any mistakes in that time, Dame Glenys said that she had not.

“That might sound arrogant, [and] I don’t mean to sound arrogant,” she said. “But I have reflected on it. I anticipated you asking that, and I genuinely don’t. 

“I think if five years ago someone had said to me that in five years’ time this is what you will have achieved, I would’ve said, ‘That’s great.’…”

Dame Glenys’ comments may raise eyebrows among some in education as her spell at Ofqual has not been without controversy…

The chief regulator, whose damehood was announced in the new year, said that she was “proud” of Ofqual’s work in halting years of rising GCSE and A-level results leading to an annual debate over ‘grade inflation’. 

“We’ve developed an approach that enables true achievement to be recognised,” she said. “When you think back, it seems impossible now that we were in that past era where the results in this country didn’t square with our results in international tests in any way.” 

…Dame Glenys acknowledged that the pace of reform was “eye-watering” and could cause difficulties for schools. 

“There will be volatility [in grades] school by school; it always happens when you change a qualification,” she said. “Those changes will happen at a time when accountability measures are changing as well, so there’s a lot for schools to cope with.” But she insisted that the reforms, although “pretty pacy”, were not being rushed. “If we thought the pace was untenable, we’d be flagging it,” she said…

See more in the 5 February edition of TES

More at: Glenys Stacey: My time in charge of Ofqual? Non, je ne regrette rien


How do you look back on Dame Glenys Stacey’s time as head of Ofqual?

is she right to feel she has done a good job?

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  1. Not surprising she’s got no regrets – been made a Dame and going to a new job in Gove’s Justice Department as HM Chief Inspector for Probation (on Gove’s recommendation).  The Justice Select Committee rebuked Gove for phoning her and encouraging her to apply

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Quite phenomenal that Glenys Stacey can says that she’s never made a mistake; the woman is utterly delusional

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove To name a couple Glenys: English GCSE fiasco and the fact that schools still don’t have a new curriculum in many subjects

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I imagine the thousands of students whose English GCSE result was screwed up by Glenys Stacey may have a different view

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I imagine the thousands of future GCSE candidates taking subjects yet to be signed off by Ofqual will differ in their view

  6. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I imagine the hundreds or thousands of teachers who lost pay rises and jobs due to the English fiasco may differ with Glenys

  7. Andycart2531

    How does she sleep at night? Everyday and certainly since the fiasco of 2012 and its associated norm-referencing issues, I dread going in and see no security in my profession – I love the job but the job is no longer the object of my love.

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