Single national exam board would be ‘a Corbynesque solution,’ claims OCR head

The Independent is reporting  claims form the head of one of the largest exam boards that a move towards establishing a single national exam board would be “an improbably Corbynesque solution for a Conservative government to want to implement”.

Ministers have announced they are consulting over a radical review of how Britain’s exam boards operate – with one option being for the Government to set up a single national exam board  – following concerns over grade inflation and the standard of questions.

Simon Lebus, chairman of the OCR (Oxford and Cambridge and Royal Society of Art) exam board, warned the move “could lead to a greater degree of political involvement in the education service which I think only a few people would find desirable”.

In a speech to a conference in London, he added: “It all sounds like an incredibly Corbynesque solution for a Conservative government to want to implement…”

He said grade inflation had largely been checked by exams regulator Ofqual insisting on “comparative outcomes” in exams between one year and another “so on the face of it this is more likely to be about a desire on the part of the Government to get more actively involved in determining content standards”…

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Clearly the exam boards have much to lose if a single government board was to be introduced – what do you think of these comments from Simon Lebus and the, more generally, of the idea of a single government board?

Would you support such a move?

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Comments

  1. Stevius

    What a ridiculous statement. Gove suggested the same strategy for improving consistency of standards 5 years ago. I am also in favour of this, as are many colleagues so it is not just an idea held by the polarised wings of political ideologies.

    These examination boards make a lot of money and will head of any threat to make them merge. Historically this country has had different examination boards, initially regional, but we also had greater consistency in markings and fewer problems regarding grade inflation also. As soon as market economics comes into play in examinations problems will arise.

  2. TeaLadyJune

    SchoolsImprove Tory Government isn’t interested in falling standards / grade inflation. They don’t want us to track effects of their cuts.

  3. TW

    Oxbridge dick with background in the City talks out of fundament about things he knows sod all about.  No change there then.

  4. TW

    Oxbridge dick with background in the City talks out of fundament about things he knows sod all about.  No change there then.

  5. MikeHaines20

    SchoolsImprove Not convinced that national assessment and accreditation of young people should be a competitive profit-making business?

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