Ofqual has announced plans to lower the threshold for issuing public rebukes to exam boards for breaking the rules. Tes reports.
The change is revealed in a consultation launched yesterday by the exams regulator that also proposes issuing errant boards with financial fixed penalties for lesser penalties for the first time.
The watchdog wants to name the awarding body concerned, details of the incident’s impact and its rationale for why a rebuke is an appropriate response. Currently, Ofqual does not publish information about cases where no formal action has been taken.
Geoff Barton, ASCL general secretary, said the proposed changes could improve public confidence in the exams system.
“It’s in keeping with the regulation other industries do,” he said. “The public will feel more confident in the system – it might make them feel there’s some teeth to the regulator.”
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