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Education: Assessments

Volume 501: debated on Tuesday 24 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what qualifications are required to become an examiner for (a) A levels and (b) GCSEs. (300713)

Examiners for GCSEs and A levels (GCEs) are employed by the awarding bodies, which award the qualifications and are regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual does not specify the qualifications required in order to become an examiner. The regulators' 'GCSE, GCE and AEA Code of Practice' (April 2009) sets out the responsibilities that awarding bodies must follow to ensure the standardisation of marking, including that “examiners should have relevant experience in the subject area”.