Ofqual warning about GCSE papers being offered for sale

Ofqual has warned schools about people claiming to have live exam papers for sale on social media. Tes reports.

It has urged schools to tell their pupils not to be “distracted” by such claims, and said that if pupils got involved, the individuals “could face sanctions”.

The exam regulator has written to schools today two weeks after GCSEs, AS and A level exams began.

In the letter, Sally Collier, the chief regulator, writes: “We know that students often take to social media to voice their views about exam papers.

“This year already we have seen several instances of individuals on social media claiming to have copies of live papers, and in some cases offering them for sale.”

“Exam boards take such matters very seriously and any students found to be involved could face sanctions.”

Earlier this month, AQA GCSE and AS-level papers were stolen from a vehicle, triggering a police investigation and forcing the board to issue replacement papers.

In today’s letter, Ofqual says it will continue to use its comparable outcomes approach to maintain standards compared to previous years, and warns against trying to second guess grade boundaries.

Ms Collier writes: “[Comparable outcomes] provides flexibility to account for changes in performance of the student cohort, so the proportion of grades awarded is not fixed. Despite this, we know that some people will try to predict where grade boundaries will be set. Please treat any such predictions with caution.”

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