Research and analysis

A recent history of regulatory perspectives on inter-subject comparability in England

A review of inter-subject comparability in England over the past few decades.

Documents

A Recent History of Regulatory Perspectives on Inter-Subject Comparability in England: ISC Working Paper 5

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@ofqual.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

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
Published 18 December 2015