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Schools: Examinations

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose regarding the quality of personnel and management responsible for examination testing and procedures in any company taking over from ETS UK. [HL485]

The Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA) is responsible for the delivery of national curriculum tests. On 15 December 2008 the QCA announced that Edexcel was its preferred bidder for a one year contract to administer key stage 2 tests for 2009.

The contract requires the successful bidder to identify key personnel who will be involved with the operation and to provide a CV for each such individual. The QCA will make an informed judgment on the suitability of the personnel based on the CV and, where appropriate, previous experience of working with the individuals identified. The contract also requires the successful bidder to advise the QCA of any change in key personnel.