Teachers still allowed to set exams in own subjects despite private school cheating scandal, regulator says

The Independent reports that authorities have resisted pressure to stop teachers setting exams in their own subjects in spite of a scandal that saw staff at some of Britain’s most expensive private schools leak questions to pupils.

Serving teachers will still be allowed to set exam papers despite the concerns about malpractice in schools, exams regulator Ofqual has announced. 

The decision comes after calls were made for teachers to be barred from setting exams that their pupils would sit after two private schools were caught up in an exam cheating scandal last year.

Ofqual has decided today – following a consultation into the benefits and risks of teacher involvement – not to introduce a ban amid fears that quality of exams would decline. 

The move was made even though four in five of respondents to Ofqual’s call for evidence acknowledged that there were risks with relying on teachers to develop exams that their pupils sit.

And more than a fifth of respondents suggested that teachers should not be able to develop exams in the specification that they teach.

Exam boards will have to maintain up-to-date records of all conflicts of interests for teachers who have accessed confidential assessment materials – and they will have to review their safeguards. 

Teachers who have written exam papers could have their work sampled to detect malpractice, the report says, and they could be kept in the dark about whether the exams they write will be used. 

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