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Isabel Nisbet's presentation to Edexcel, detailing the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act, Ofqual's role, and the new regulatory landscape.

Isabel Nisbet's presentation to Edexcel, detailing the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act, Ofqual's role, and the new regulatory landscape.

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  • 1. Towards the new regulation Isabel Nisbet Acting CEO, Ofqual Friday 11 December 2009
  • 2. Outline
    • The new Act
    • What the new regulatory world will look like
    • A bit about Ofqual
    • Some challenges - to us and to you
  • 3. The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
    • Clear statutory objectives for Ofqual
          • Qualification standards
          • (NC) Assessment standards
          • Public confidence
          • Awareness
          • Efficiency
        • Independence
          • Reporting to Parliament
        • A regulatory change of gear – regulating at the level of the awarding organisation
  • 4. What the new world will look like
    • Recognising organisations to offer qualifications
    • Some general conditions for all recognised organisations
    • Some specific conditions for individual awarding organisations
    • Ofqual MAY decide to impose the “accreditation requirement” on some qualifications
    • All regulated qualifications must meet our standards and will be subject to monitoring and scrutiny
          • General and vocational
          • QCF or non-QCF
          • Whatever the age of the learner
          • BUT prioritised by risk
  • 5. Ofqual – a statutory independent regulator
    • Appointment of Chief Regulator
    • Our own Board
    • Responsible for regulating all vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland
    • Vision and priorities
  • 6. Vision
    • As the independent regulator, Ofqual strives to secure qualifications, tests and assessments that are valued and trusted by learners, users and the wider public
  • 7. Strategic priorities, 2010-2011
    • 1. Maintain and establish standards in existing, new and revised qualifications, tests and regulated assessment arrangements.
    • 2. Promote and sustain confidence in regulated qualifications and tests through targeted, consistently applied and proportional interventions.
    • 3. Promote awareness and understanding of regulated qualifications and their benefits to learners, employers and higher education institutions.
    • 4. Promote the efficient and effective provision of regulated qualifications and in particular that any fees represent value for money.
  • 8. More strategic priorities
    • 5. Introduce and develop regulation in line with the statutory powers and duties as outlined in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act
    • 6. Develop Ofqual as an independent regulator that follows best regulatory practice . 7. Ensure Ofqual uses its resources , including the skills and knowledge of staff, efficiently and effectively
  • 9. More strategic priorities
    • 5. Introduce and develop regulation in line with the statutory powers and duties as outlined in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act
    • 6. Develop Ofqual as an independent regulator that follows best regulatory practice. 7. Ensure Ofqual uses its resources, including the skills and knowledge of staff, efficiently and effectively
  • 10. Consultation
    • Consultation published today!
        • Describes how we propose to exercise our new powers, functions and duties
        • Gives details on how our success will be measured
        • Responses invited by 8 March 2010
        • BUT meantime:
          • Consultation events
          • Discussions with stakeholder organisations
  • 11. Transitional arrangements
    • To ensure stability and continuity as we move to the new organisation
    • To make sure that decisions made on or before 31 March are still in force on 1 April
    • Provides a platform for us to move forward
    • Detailed proposals coming soon
  • 12. Ofqual now
    • 170 of us – in Coventry
    • Office in Belfast
    • Kathleen Tattersall – Chair and Chief Regulator
    • Strategic Executive Team:
          • IN, Acting CEO
          • Fiona Pethick, Director of Regulation
          • Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards
          • Matthew Lumby, Acting Director of Communications
          • Steven Harrison, head of Corporate Management
    • Ofqual Management Group
    • Ofqual Committee
    • New Board being appointed
  • 13. Vesting Day
  • 14. Challenges – to the regulator
    • How are we going to make sure that our new regulatory role doesn’t just add burden and cost to the system?
    • Do we really trust awarding organisations to control their own quality?
    • Are we meddling with markets too much?
    • Do we need so many Codes of Practice?
    • Do we check processes too much?
    • How are we going to maintain standards in the new regulatory world?
  • 15. Challenges – to awarding organisations
    • Are you prepared to rise to the challenge of the new regulatory world?
    • Are you prepared to control your own quality – and to convince the regulator and the public that you can?
    • Do you really need such detailed regulatory rules?
    • Are you prepared to be transparent about costs to make sure that the public gets value for its money?
    • Are you prepared to unbend enough to realise the benefits of the QCF?
    • Will you value and look for the assurance of quality that the Chief Regulator can provide?