MPs approve new Ofqual chief but note her lack of exams knowledge

The TES is reporting that MPs have approved the appointment of Ofqual’s next chief regulator, Sally Collier but noted her lack of knowledge of the exams system she will oversee.

A report by the Commons education select committee, published today, says: “Her knowledge of the current reforms to GCSEs and A levels was somewhat lacking.”

The committee also found that Ms Collier had “demonstrated a fair appreciation of the role of an independent regulator” but “did not, in our view, give sufficient voice to the weight of responsibility borne by a chief regulator.”

She has, however, had 20 years’ experience in the civil service and “extensive experience of leading organisations through periods of reform”. Ms Collier had also “demonstrated the wider professional competence required in order to lead a large and complex organisation”, the MPs say.

But she had acknowledged that “she has some way to go in order to acquire the specific professional competence in terms of the qualifications and curriculum landscape”.

Ms Collier was one of 13 people who had applied for the post and one of four interviewed. But she was the only candidate deemed “appointable”…

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If you read the report in full, it is not exactly an overly positive endorsement of Sally Collier from the education committee.

Are you surprised someone applying to lead Ofqual didn’t know more about some of the issues they are dealing with?

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Comments

  1. I’m sure someone who“demonstrated the wider professional competence required in order to lead a large and complex organisation”, will be able to get up to speed on the details of the exam system very quickly.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove They’ve chosen her as she has huge civil service experience; how does that qualify her for running Ofqual? It makes no sense

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove They’ve chosen her as she has huge civil service experience; how does that qualify her for running Ofqual? It makes no sense

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Civil service experience makes her perfect for the job apparently; would you hand reins of a hospital trust to a patient?

  5. ajjolley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove perhaps it says more about the role?
    13 applied yet only one(without exam experience) is appointable

  6. andylutwyche

    ajjolley SchoolsImprove But with no exam experience how can she make informed decisions? I’ve no faith in the decision making of ministers

  7. ajjolley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove no one suitable with exam experience applied, why is that I wonder?
    #poisonchalice

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