An Inside View of Exams: Messages from the Chief Regulator



Last summer I had the opportunity to meet Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator at OfQual.  She contacted me after I’d written about exams on my blog and was keen to have an exchange of views.  (Another power-of-blogging moment.) I now feel comfortable contacting her directly to ask what is going on with various examination issues.  She is very open to this. In the email above, Glenys is responding to a question about ‘soft subjects’ – a media-driven phrase.  I was concerned that some of my Headteacher colleagues had got into their heads that PE and Drama were going to be scrapped or down-graded and were talking about changing their curriculum offer.  I asked whether this was true and, if so, what the evidence base is for this kind of thinking.

The response is very interesting. Most importantly, there is no such threat to these subjects.  However, she does suggest that…

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