Although we are the first official regulator of qualifications and exams in England, a succession of official bodies has supervised the operation of school exams since 1917, when the Board of Education constituted the Secondary Schools Examinations Council to “ensure a general equivalence of standards between the approved examining bodies”.
This report has been written to illustrate how this challenging policy area has been navigated over the past few decades:
- by successive supervisory bodies – the ‘regulators’ that operated prior to our establishment
- by prominent figures associated with those bodies
- and by committees appointed by those bodies