One can only expect further revelations to emerge in time. Ofqual have confirmed receipt of my FOI request for the Ofqual Board minutes not released since September 2019. They have until 16th September 2020 to comply, but it would be a simple act for them to release the minutes now and save everyone the wait.
UPDATE 19th August 2020
Original post 18th August 2020.
It seems like the autopsy has started before Ofqual the victim has died. It's like an episode of NCIS with Gibbs and his colleagues chasing down the ‘perp’ with the medical expert, played by David McCallum, investigating the cause of death. The Education Secretary, Gavin Williams, apologised earlier today to back up an apology from Ofqual through the Chair of its Board, Roger Taylor. Now the Chair of the Commons Education Committee has called for Ofqual to be put down and laid to rest in the Department of Education (DfE). But what will replace it? A private provider is perhaps a good bet. They would have a lot to gain from using cheap labour, inflated costs and charging for appeals. Then the question is not one of blame but becomes ‘who will pay the ferryman?’
This alone should have stopped the whole process in its tracks. Later in the report they use contorted logic to claim that they could have predicted the 2019 results to ‘within one grade’ with over 90% precision. It is not acceptable as it amounts to saying that they will
‘get the grades wrong most of the time, but do this with great precision’.
The crucial role of political decisions and direction.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. He has served on the Senate and Finance and planning committee of a Russell Group University.