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We need experienced teachers and assessors for qualification reform

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Ofqual has recently announced significant reform to GCSEs and A levels that include changes to structure and assessment. Alongside this, the Department of Education has made changes to subject content. New GCSEs and reformed A levels will become more engaging to study and teach and support a world class education.

We are looking for outstanding subject and assessment experts. You’ll be working on anything from the accreditation of single qualifications through to monitoring and comparing standards across groups of qualifications.

As well as being passionate about your subject area you are likely to:

  • be a teacher, ex-teacher or assessor in Key Stage 4 and 5; or
  • work as an academic in a subject; or
  • work in assessment theory or practice.

As an Ofqual expert you may be working on your own or in groups, producing high-quality reports, or taking part in discussions. Each project will be different, but they will all contribute to qualifications that command confidence and are engaging to study and teach.

You will be placed on our list of external experts for an initial period of three years, from where you may be selected and commissioned for specific projects.

We will agree the most flexible way for you to work with us alongside your other commitments. You’ll receive a fair payment for the work you do and we will cover your expenses.

We are currently prioritising experts to support work on the subjects listed below. We will be issuing calls for other subjects next year.

  • English language
  • English literature
  • maths
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • history
  • geography
  • psychology
  • art and design
  • sociology
  • business studies
  • economics
  • computing
  • modern foreign languages
  • assessment theory and practice.

If you are interested in applying, the Ofqual Expert Person Specification outlines the qualities that you are likely to possess to meet our benchmark standard.

You can apply online or by filling in this downloadable form and sending your completed application form to experts@ofqual.gov.uk.

To be considered in this initial call, you will need to apply by 12pm on Friday 29th November 2013. We will get in touch with successful candidates by the end of January 2014.

While applications for other areas can be accepted at any time, these may not be assessed until we launch calls for experts in those subjects next year.

A leaflet is available for you to pass to colleagues.

Supporting documents 

Ofqual expert person specification

Application Form

Evaluation of applications

Terms and conditions

Equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form