Teacher involvement in the development of confidential assessment materials

ASCL believes that the involvement of practising teachers in the drafting, production and moderation of external exam questions and papers results in significant benefits to the education system in England by improving the quality of assessment.

However we believe Ofqual and awarding organisations should take all reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality of assessment materials. They should continually review the safeguards used and seek to enhance them on a regular basis where possible.

ASCL believes that any malpractice undertaken by assessment setters involved in the production of question papers seriously damages the integrity of the entire examination system and undermines public confidence. However the numbers of this kind of instance are very low due to the professional integrity of the vast majority of assessment setters and the current system of support and safeguards.

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