Assessments: Standards

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper PPS (Mr Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward proposals to establish an independent regulator of examination standards.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 26 September 2007 his intention to establish an independent regulator of examinations and tests. On 17 December my Department, with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, published the consultation paper "Confidence in Standards: Regulating and developing qualifications and assessment" (Cm 7281), which sets out the detail of our proposals. Copies of the consultation paper are available in the House Library.

We are consulting on these proposals until 10 March 2008 and will bring forward legislation to establish the new regulator at the earliest opportunity.

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