Experts Give AQA a Failing Grade over Job Loss Plans

By Stewart, William | Times Educational Supplement, January 16, 2015 | Go to article overview

Experts Give AQA a Failing Grade over Job Loss Plans


Stewart, William, Times Educational Supplement


Fears that the board's proposals to cut 100 posts will hurt quality

Exam officers fear that a decision by England's biggest school exam board to slash its operations staff by a third risks jeopardising the reliability of results.

TES has learned that AQA is cutting its operations division from 306 to 204 and that several more staff are leaving through voluntary redundancy.

The Examination Officers' Association has contacted the board to express alarm about the changes, despite reassurances from AQA that it will be able to deliver the same level of service and support after the cuts.

Andrew Harland, the association's chief executive, said: "We know that members of the AQA regional support team have gone, so there is clear evidence that they cannot and will not be able to deliver that same valued service. This idea that everything is happy in the garden is not the case at all."

A senior manager who recently left the exam board expressed similar concerns, and fears errors in results.

"I would expect there to be more mistakes," the former employee told TES. "It might well mean the wrong marks going out - that things have not been checked properly, that the correct mark has not gone to the appropriate student."

All 306 operations staff across the board's Manchester, Guildford and Harrogate offices have had to reapply for jobs as a result of the changes. Mr Harland said his association had already noticed a decline in the board's previously good service. "They have been reducing events, which have moved over to email and [online] forums as opposed to face-to-face contact," he said.

The former manager, who wished to remain anonymous, predicted long-term problems at AQA because of the amount of experience the board was losing. "The problem is that exams processing is a very complicated business," the manager said. "You can't just pull people in off the street to do that work."

The change from a modular to a linear exam system, with a limit on the number of resits, has placed financial pressure on all school exam boards in England. …

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