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‘I think that the sector as a whole would welcome some stability’

Caught in the swirling winds of reform, Sharon Hague has had to keep a steady hand on the tiller at exam board Edexcel. The Pearson vice-president talks to Will Hazell about virtual testing, qualifications shake-ups and Twitter storms

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Sharon Hague doesn’t like to give much away. As senior vice-president for schools at education company Pearson, she oversees the marking of millions of papers each year by the Edexcel exam board. But asked what it’s felt like to have been at the centre of the biggest upheaval in assessment for years, she simply points out that her role is “to make sure that the changes that were proposed were implemented successfully”.

When later asked whether competition between boards is the best way to deliver exams, she plays another defensive stroke: “My job – the job of Pearson – is to make sure we do ...

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