The TES is reporting that exams watchdog Ofqual has issued a warning to schools over a rising number of fraudulent attempts to get hold of exam papers before they are taken – and said schools should also prepare for fluctuations in their AS-level results this year.
In a letter to schools, Ofqual said they should be “vigilant” about the security of exam papers …
And it said this year’s AS-level results, the first under a new “decoupled” system in which results in 13 reformed subjects do not count towards a pupil’s final A-level grade, were likely to be more variable for individual schools and colleges than in previous years.
“Increasingly we are being made aware of attempts by individuals to obtain copies of secure question papers,” the letter said.
“Exam boards will not ask you to email copies of secure material to anyone, nor will they ask you to confirm your secure login details by email or over the phone. If you are in any doubt about a request, please check with the exam board concerned.”
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