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Ofqual chief quits after exams chaos

Ofqual chief quits after exams chaos

Ofqual chief quits after exams chaos

The head of England’s exam regulator has resigned after the exams fiasco that has engulfed schools and universities.

Sally Collier made the decision after deciding that the “next stage in the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership,” Ofqual said in a statement.

Ms Collier has been under fire for a flawed algorithm which made GCSE and A-level marks “unfair and unfathomable”.

It also led to many A-level students losing university places they had been offered.

The previous regulator, Dame Glenys Stacey, has been asked to step in.

She will run the next stage of the exams process on a temporary basis until December, the Ofqual board said, along with the chief of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, who previously worked at Ofqual.

The Ofqual statement said: “The Ofqual board has agreed temporary support arrangements with Ofsted to support the ongoing work on this summer’s GCSE, A level and vocational qualifications, including appeals and autumn exams, and preparations for next year’s exam season.

“The chief regulator, Sally Collier, has decided that the next stage of the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership.

“The Ofqual board supports Sally in this decision, and thanks her for her leadership and service over the past four years, which has included overseeing the successful introduction of an entirely new set of GCSEs and A levels, and a new grading system.”

Exams across the UK were scrapped to prevent the spread of Covid-19, with teachers giving marking boards their predictions for how students would have fared.

But when A-level results day arrived, 40% of grades had been lowered by a computer algorithm designed by exams regulator Ofqual.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson made the mistake of vowing there would be no U-turn, only for him to make a U-turn three days later.

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