We need to ensure that senior teachers who take on the responsibility of setting exams are not placed in an impossible position says Chris King, HMC Chair

1 September 2017
Posted by HMC Press Office

Teachers may no longer be allowed to set A-level questions on papers that their own pupils sit after a summer of cheating allegations prompted the qualifications watchdog to investigate. The Pre-U, an alternative to A-levels, which is favoured by several top private schools will be at the centre of Ofqual's investigation, as it has been alleged that teacher at Eton and Winchester shared with pupils who were due to sit the exams questions that they had helped to set.

Chris King, chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and Headmaster at Leicester Grammar School said "We need to ensure that senior teachers who take on the responsibility of setting exams are not placed in an impossible position, and the very few who may be tempted to give their pupils too much help cannot do so."

Ofqual said malpractice regarding teachers sharing too much information with pupils is rare, but live materials must be controlled.

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