Skip to main content

Pressure on exam boards hit by a triple whammy

Could huge up-front costs, loss of revenue and market disruption reduce the range of subjects on offer?

Magazine article image

The shake-up of GCSEs and A levels has had a massive impact on pupils, teachers and parents alike. But the exam boards have also had to dramatically overhaul what they do in a relatively short space of time – and the changes have hit their bottom line.

In an interview with Tes earlier this year, Simon Lebus, the outgoing chief executive of Cambridge Assessment, acknowledged that “huge amounts of investment are required in terms of new qualifications as and when they’re required”.

Lebus pointed out that the country’s biggest exam board, AQA, “recorded a quite a large loss last year” and that ...

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.

Subscribe now