Not rivals, but partners;Letter

5th June 1998 at 01:00
The article "Failure turns to success" (TES, May 29) goes a bit far in describing the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as "the Office for Standards in Education's great rival".

QCA and Ofsted are both working with the Government in its drive to raise standards.

The important thing is that both types of evidence need to be considered - objective test and examination data, and classroom observations - when judgments are made about a school's quality. QCA is working closely with Ofsted to ensure that test and examination data are available to inspection teams to inform their overall judgments. This is not rivalry but partnership.

David Hawker

Head of curriculum and assessment Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

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
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now