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OCR fined £125,000.

OCR fined £125,000.

OCR has been fined £125,000 by Ofqual after partial answers to GCSE computing exam questions were found in textbooks endorsed by the exam board.

An investigation by the exams regulator found OCR failed to “identify and monitor conflicts of interest”, whereby the authors of some GCSE computing controlled assessments also authored textbooks endorsed by the exam board.

The textbooks included partial answers that were similar and in one case “identical” to some test answers used in the 2016 and 2017 assessments, Ofqual found.

OCR had “failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the confidentiality of controlled assessment tasks was not compromised in circumstances where those tasks were prepared by persons who had created training materials, specifically textbooks”, the regulator said.

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