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Exams chief quits over Sats fiasco


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The head of the Government's schools testing agency fell on his sword, just days before an inquiry into this summer's Sats fiasco is due to be published.


Dr Ken Boston said he was "taking responsibility" over the marking delays, which affected a million schoolchildren.


But teaching unions expressed regret at his departure as chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), saying it was "a tragedy for the education system."


In a statement announcing his resignation, Dr Boston said: "I have reflected since the summer on the delivery failure and on the difficulties associated with key stage testing.


"In my 40-year career as a public servant in England and Australia I have always believed in public bodies and public officials taking responsibility when things go wrong.


"In the light of that reflection and that belief, and in view of the challenges facing the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in the coming year, I believe it would be in the authority's interests to find new leadership.


"I have therefore decided that I should step down from my position as chief executive."


On Tuesday, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood is due to publish the findings of his independent inquiry into the delays.


Dr Boston's resignation suggests the report will be highly critical of the QCA and its role in the fiasco.

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