Stop the bodies piling up

17th September 2010 at 01:00

The TES reports that the 157 Group of colleges is seeking to set itself up as an awarding body ("157 Group to slash exam fees by launching own awarding body", August 20). Quite how this development will help is difficult to see. It can only make a complicated system even worse, especially as the group's first promise is to create a new range of qualifications as well as offering GCSE and A-level examinations.

The most recent Annual Market Report from Ofqual indicates that we already have 144 awarding organisations of all shapes and sizes fighting for a share of the market.

There has to be a better way of tackling the dysfunction in the qualifications market than launching yet another awarding body. debate. The time has come for a radical rethink of what the qualifications system should look like and how it should function and be regulated.

Dr William Blacklock, Aspire Squared Limited, London.

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