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Ofqual publishes interim report on exam errors

Qualifications regulator Ofqual has published an interim report on the errors that affected some of this summer’s exam papers.

The errors, which were found in certain GCSE, AS and A2 question papers, made it difficult or impossible for candidates to answer some questions.

Out of the around 372,300 requests for “special consideration” by FE learners this year, a 13% rise on 2010, 354,200 were approved.

Ofqual is working with its regulatory partners in Wales (DfES) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) to assess the causes of the errors, and plans to publish a final report in December with recommendations for next year’s exams.

Glenys Stacey, chief executive of Ofqual, said: “The starting point for improvement is to understand what went wrong. The inquiry has set out to establish the facts and identify the root causes of the errors.”

Download the interim report from Ofqual’s website.

Mark Williford


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