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'Business as usual' for CCEA's exams period as outgoing interim chief claims she faced 'bullying' in role

Interim CCEA chief executive Margaret Farragher submitted her resignation letter to the exams board last month.

THE north's exams board has insisted its work in the months ahead will continue "as usual" following claims by its outgoing head that she faced "harrassment and bullying".

CCEA interim chief executive Margaret Farragher, who took on the role in April 2021, resigned in June.

Following news of her leaving the role, the CCEA said she was "taking up a new opportunity within the UK education sector later this year".

Ms Farragher submitted a letter to senior officials stating her position had become "untenable".

The BBC has reported that in her resignation letter she stated she had "been treated less favourably and faced ongoing harassment and bullying".

The letter continued: "I have found this extremely difficult and my health and family life have suffered.

"I can no longer tolerate such treatment and have had no choice but to resign from my employment."

In her year as interim chief executive, Ms Farragher led the CCEA through its first season of summer GCSE, AS and A-Level exams since 2019 following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following her resignation, a Department of Education spokesperson said its officials have been "liaising closely with CCEA to ensure that the necessary contingency arrangements are in place".

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the CCEA said the organisation does not comment on individual cases, but added in a statement that it "takes any allegations very seriously and has appropriate policies and procedures in place to investigate the concerns of our staff".

Speaking of this summer's exams, they said: "We wish to reassure students, parents and the education community that it is business as usual as we conclude this year’s examinations timetable and prepare for the issue of results.

"We thank our students and teachers who have worked hard to complete this year’s full suite of examinations. This is a major achievement for all of us after the disruption to public examinations brought about by the pandemic."

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