Ofqual has today (Tuesday 4th March) launched a consultation on the regulation of awarding organisations’ endorsement of textbooks and other support materials, and those written by examiners.
Some educational publishers ask awarding organisations to approve resources including core textbooks to support students taking their qualifications. Ofqual recognises that while these endorsements can make an important contribution to effective teaching and learning, they can also lead to the curriculum being narrowed or to questions being too predictable, and therefore undermine standards and confidence.
Ofqual has therefore launched this consultation to propose a new condition and new guidance for awarding organisations to minimise the potential risks.
As well as protecting qualification standards, the proposals will encourage the development of good quality resources that broaden the curriculum and support effective teaching and learning. Ofqual will keep this under review.
The consultation is open to anyone, and will run until 6th May 2014.
To take part please visit the Ofqual consultation platform.