ASCL comment on departure of Sally Collier

25/08/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement that Sally Collier is standing down as chief regulator of Ofqual.
 
Commenting on the announcement that Sally Collier is standing down as chief regulator of Ofqual, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We are sorry that Sally Collier is standing down as chief regulator of Ofqual, and we wish her well for the future. We have worked well with her, and found her to be a highly intelligent, principled, and thoughtful person. 

This move follows the failure of the statistical model that led to this year’s grading fiasco, but the fault is not hers alone.

Ministers have questions to answer over the extent to which they scrutinised and challenged the methodology and reliability of the statistical model, particularly given the enormity of the task and the importance of getting it right.

Schools and colleges put their trust in the government over this matter, dutifully followed the processes advised by Ofqual, and now feel badly let down by the ensuing debacle. They deserve some answers and so do their students.

We have written to the Secretary of State for Education to formally request that he commission an immediate independent review to rapidly establish what happened and what went wrong. We believe that public confidence has been so badly damaged that full transparency is essential.

We wish Sally well for the future, and we look forward to working with her interim successor as acting chief regulator, Glenys Stacey.