Training support for teachers allowed to continue

Published: Friday 26 Jul 2013

Ofqual has today published the response to its consultation paper Regulating Awarding Organisation Training Events for Teachers.

Responding to the announcement in the report that there will not be a complete ban on face-to-face training events, Andrew Hall, AQA's Chief Executive, said: 

"We were really concerned when we thought there might be a total ban, as there hadn't been any problems with our seminars and it looked like Ofqual was going to throw the baby out with the bathwater. This would have been very serious at a time when new GCSEs and A-levels are being introduced.

"So, I am pleased that Ofqual has listened to these concerns and now decided that with the right controls in place across the sector, these events will be able to continue. We do need to see the detail of how things will work - for example the people leading the seminars need to have the right level of expertise without knowing confidential information about exams. But I am now much more optimistic that we will be able to provide teachers with the support they need to get to grips with the new qualifications and provide the best possible teaching and learning for their students."

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