Education Committee - First Report
The administration of examinations for 15-19 year olds in England

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 12 June 2012.


Terms of Reference


Part I: Introduction and key issues

1  Background to the inquiry

2  Confidence and credibility: key issues with the current system

Part II: Changes to the system

3  Fundamental reform of the exam system

4  The way forward

5  The role of Ofqual

6  Forthcoming A level reform

Part III: Competition between exam boards

7  Market share and price

8  Support: training and textbooks

9  Service: question papers and marking

Part IV: Wider issues

10  Exams and school accountability

Part V: Conclusion and recommendations

11  Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Note of the Committee's seminar with examiners, 14 December 2011

Annex 2: Examiners' questionnaire responses

Annex 3: Note of the Committee's meeting with the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board, 8 February 2012

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of unprinted evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and Written Evidence - HC 141-II

Tuesday 29 November 2011: Martin Collier, Headmaster, St John’s School, Leatherhead, Surrey, David Burton, Deputy Headteacher, St Michael’s CofE High School, Crosby, Liverpool, Rob Pritchard, Headteacher, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and Teresa Kelly, Principal of Abingdon and Witney College, Member of Principals’ Professional Council/Association of School and College Leaders; Professor Nick Lieven, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, Anna Gutiérrez, Head of Student Administration, University of Bournemouth, and Anne Tipple, National Skills Executive, British Chambers of Commerce

Thursday 15 December 2011: Paul Barnes, Paul Evans and Steph Warren, senior examiners; Andrew Hall, Chief Executive Officer, AQA, Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, OCR, Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK (on behalf of Edexcel) and Gareth Pierce, Chief Executive, WJEC; Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive, Ofqual, and Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards, Ofqual

Wednesday 18 January 2012: Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Pearson Professor and Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, Dr Michelle Meadows, Director of Centre for Education Research and Policy, AQA, Tim Oates, Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment, and Professor Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffith Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College, London; Professor Stephen J Ball, FBA, AcSS, British Academy, Professor Sir John Holman, Senior Fellow for Education, Wellcome Trust, Professor Graham Hutchings, FRS, SCORE Chair, and Warwick Mansell, freelance journalist

Tuesday 21 February 2012: John Butterworth, Educational Writer and Chief Examiner, on behalf of the Society of Authors, Paul Howarth, UK and International Managing Director, Nelson Thornes, Jacob Pienaar, Managing Director of Schools and Colleges, Pearson UK, and Kate Harris, Managing Director, Education and Children’s Division, Oxford University Press; Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK, on behalf of Edexcel, Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, OCR, and Andrew Hall, Chief Executive Officer, AQA

Wednesday 21 March 2012: Amanda Spielman, Chair, and Chief Regulator of Qualifications and Examinations, Ofqual, and Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive, Ofqual; Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education

Written Evidence

Additional written evidence

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