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”…
Read or download the report in full: [pdf-embedder url=”https://4cpa373vsw6v3t1suthjdjgv-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/822.pdf”]
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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