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Examination board chief to resign

The managing director of the Edexcel exam board is to resign his post at the end of the year, it has been announced.

Jerry Jarvis has been managing director of Edexcel, one of the three largest exam boards in the UK, for five years.

Mr Jarvis said he had been given the opportunity to make a difference to education and was "ready to move on".

Earlier this year, Mr Jarvis caused controversy by suggesting changes needed to be made to A-level grading system.

And last year he drew attention to problems in the government's flagship new Diplomas, saying some youngsters could end up with "worthless" qualifications.

In a statement Mr Jarvis said: "I have spent nearly 10 years at Edexcel and been given the opportunity to make a difference to education.

"It is a world-class awarding body with terrific people and a record of innovation.

"This was no easy decision but the time is right because there is a strong leadership team in place and I am ready to move on to the next phase of my career."

He will be replaced by Ziggy Liaquat, who is currently the director of operations for Edexcel.

Grading

On A-level results day earlier this year, Mr Jarvis said there needed to be a debate about grading of exams.

He said the board was looking at ways of discriminating between or ranking candidates.

"In the future we may see complementary measures of performance," he told the BBC News website in August.

"But grades have been around for a long time. The public have a feel for what is meant by grades."



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