Textbook recommendations should be "more tightly regulated"

Textbook recommendations should be "more tightly regulated"

Examiners should not be allowed to recommend their own textbooks or stage seminars for teachers, according to John Wood, the incoming chairman of the Independent Schools Association (ISA).

The Daily Telegraph reports Wood as saying: "The aggressive commercialisation of the exam system has seriously undermined its integrity. It cannot be right that exam boards are allowed to make money from textbooks and trading seminars. This commercial activity needs to be more tightly regulated."

In the newspaper article, OCR, one of Britain's largest exam boards, said it made no financial gain from any publisher or resources producer. "It is ultimately the teachers' decision which products they use and they will always retain that choice to match their learners' varied needs,” it said.

This follows Telegraph reporters last month recording senior examiners advising teachers at paid-for seminars about the exact wording pupils should use and what questions they should expect, with qualifications, examinations and assessments regulator Ofqual now investigating the situation.