Ms Margaret Farragher

Margaret is Director of Education at CCEA with responsibilities covering the curriculum, assessment and qualifications, for learners education aged 4-19. It’s a new role at CCEA, bringing two separate directorates together to support progression through the key stages.

Margaret was previously Head of Policy and Qualifications at UCAS and led on developing and implementing the new UCAS Tariff, providing qualification information services for UK universities, schools and learners, in addition to UCAS’ work on widening participation and advising UK government departments on HE and qualification policy developments She joined UCAS in September 2013, from KPMG.

Margaret started her career at Westminster Careers Service. She then joined the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority in 1996, which later became the Qualifications Curriculum Authority and Qualifications Curriculum Development Agency. During this period Margaret held a number of qualification and national curriculum reform programme roles supporting a range of new policy initiatives such as Curriculum 2000. As Head of Diploma Support Margaret was involved in an extensive programme of guidance and support to schools, colleges and Local Authorities on 14-19 qualifications.

Margaret has also served as the Chair of the charity Futureversity, based in Tower Hamlets, which provides support to young people aged 11-25 to develop skills and raise their aspirations. She has been a Local Authority Governor of two London Secondary Schools and was a Governor at All Saints’ Academy in Cheltenham. Margaret has also served on the Education Committee of an awarding organisation responsible for delivering ESOL qualifications.