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25 August 2020 18:30

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Ofqual boss Sally Collier quits after exams fiasco

The chief regulator of Ofqual Sally Collier is to leave following the exams fiasco that has engulfed England in recent weeks and be replaced by her predecessor, Schools Week has learned. Dame Glenys Stacey, who served in the role from 2011 to 2016, will take up the role again in an acting capacity until December, with support and oversight from Ofsted chief inspector and former Ofqual chair Amanda Spielman. Collier's departure after four years in the role follows widespread criticism of the way government and Ofqual have handled this year's exams, which saw GCSEs and A-levels replaced with a system of centre-assessment grades standardised by exam boards. In a statement issued this afternoon, Ofqual said the "temporary support arrangements" with Ofsted would "support the ongoing work on this summer's GCSE, A level and vocational qualifications, including appeals and autumn exams, and preparations for next year's exam season". Ofqual chief regulator Sally Collier has quit in the wake of the A-level and GCSE results U-turn in England.

In a statement, Ofqual, the regulator of exams in England, said its board supported Sally Collier's decision to stand down. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Following Sally Collier's decision to step down as Ofqual's chief regulator, I'd like to thank her for the commitment she has shown to the role over the last four years and wish her well for the future. Ofqual's statement said: "The Ofqual board has agreed temporary support arrangements with Ofsted to support the ongoing work on this summer's GCSE, A-level and vocational qualifications, including appeals and autumn exams, and preparations for next year's exam season. "The chief regulator, Sally Collier, has decided that the next stage of the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership. "As a result, the Ofqual board has asked Dame Glenys Stacey to assume a temporary leadership role as acting chief regulator until December 2020, having previously served as chief regulator between 2011 and 2016.

In a statement today Ofqual said Collier had "decided that the next stage of the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership." Collier's predecessor Dame Glenys Stacey will assume a temporary leadership as chief regulator until December 2020. "Taken together these arrangements will ensure that Ofqual has the extra capacity, support and oversight it needs both to tackle the remaining issues from this year's awarding process and to ensure that next year's arrangements command public confidence," Ofqual said. Speaking after the announcement of Ms Collier's departure, Mr Williamson said: "Following Sally Collier's decision to step down as Ofqual's Chief Regulator, I'd like to thank her for the commitment she has shown to the role over the last four years and wish her well for the future. "I welcome Ofqual's announcement that Dame Glenys Stacey is to assume a temporary leadership role as acting Chief Regulator and also the new internal governance arrangements put in place with Ofsted support. In a statement, Ofqual said: "The Ofqual Board has agreed temporary support arrangements with Ofsted to support the ongoing work on this summer's GCSE, A level and vocational qualifications, including appeals and autumn exams, and preparations for next year's exam season.

"The Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, has decided that the next stage of the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership. The Ofqual Board supports Sally in this decision, and thanks her for her leadership and service over the past 4 years, which has included overseeing the successful introduction of an entirely new set of GCSEs and A levels, and a new grading system. "As a result, the Ofqual Board has asked Dame Glenys Stacey to assume a temporary leadership role as acting Chief Regulator until December 2020, having previously served as Chief Regulator between 2011 and 2016. She made the decision after deciding that the "next stage in the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership," the organisation said in a statement. Ofqual said: "The Ofqual Board supports Sally in this decision, and thanks her for her leadership and service over the past four years, which has included overseeing the successful introduction of an entirely new set of GCSEs and A-levels, and a new grading system." Ofqual said: "She will be supported by a new committee of the Ofqual Board, which will include one or more of the current Ofsted Board members.