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Presentation entitled 'The Regulator's View' delivered by Julie Swan at the AoC Annual Examinations Officers' Conference on 15 February 2011.

Presentation entitled 'The Regulator's View' delivered by Julie Swan at the AoC Annual Examinations Officers' Conference on 15 February 2011.

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  • 1. AoC Annual Examinations Officers’ Conference 15 February 2011 The Regulator’s view Julie Swan
  • 2. Outline
    • Looking back
    • Current issues
    • Looking ahead
    • Shared interests
  • 3. Looking back: Ofqual established
    • Established by Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 - 1 April 2010
    • Independent of
          • Government
          • The QCDA
        • Five statutory objectives:
          • Standards in qualifications
          • Standards in [National Curriculum] assessments
          • Public confidence
          • Awareness
          • Efficiency
  • 4. Events
  • 5.  
  • 6. Events
  • 7.  
  • 8. How we handle events
    • Regular/daily contacts with awarding organisations
    • Centres asked to help students where possible, e.g. make allowances for lateness
    • Avoid cancellations – comparability and fairness prioritised
    • Make sure that awarding organisations act consistently and fairly when students miss exams
    • Value exam officers’ support
    • Information on our website:
    • http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/news-and-announcements/161/524
  • 9. Looking back: first awards of the A level A* grade
    • Aim: to support identification of highest achievers
    • Basis of awarding the grade decided by Government in April 2007:
    • Awarded to candidates who achieve:
          • - a grade A overall in their A level, and
          • - 90% of the maximum uniform marks on the aggregate of the A2 units
    • Overall 8.1% of candidates achieved an A* grade
    • We worked extensively with awarding organisations to ensure a consistent approach
  • 10. Looking back – Diplomas in summer 2010
    • Larger numbers in 2010
    • 600 learners awarded a diploma at level 3
    • 4,000 learners awarded a diploma at levels 1 or 2
    • Over 8,000 principal learning awards
    • C 27,000 project awards
  • 11. Diploma 2010
    • Much support from the QCDA
      • The field office team
      • Special checking visits to sample exam offices
    • Made some technical changes in response lessons from 2009
  • 12. Looking back: population of the QCF
    • During 2010 the QCF was populated with qualifications and units.
    • Currently: 7302 qualifications 32331 units in databank 28268 units in qualifications
  • 13. Current issues – reforming our regulatory approach
    • A robust, strategic, risk-based regulator that facilitates innovation
    • Our role in securing the efficiency of the qualifications market(s)
    • Future of the Examinations Appeals Board (EAB)
  • 14. Our principles
    • The interests of learners are paramount
    • Fitness for purpose is key to quality
    • Each awarding organisation is responsible for its qualifications
    • Content and potential for progression must be clear
    • There must be a consistent approach to standards in all qualifications
    • Qualifications must offer value for money
    • We must learn lessons from the past
  • 15. Current issues: Government priorities and reforms
    • GCSE modularisation
    • 14 - 19 Diploma
    • English Baccalaureate
    • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)
    • International comparability
  • 16. Current issues: reasonable adjustments for disabled learners in vocational and general qualifications
    • The Equality Act 2010
    • Different provisions for vocational and general qualifications
    • S 96 of the Equality Act gives Ofqual the power to determine what, in general qualifications, can not be subject to a reasonable adjustment
  • 17. Current issues – entry to HE
    • We are encouraging transparency with regard to qualification requirements for entry to HE programmes
  • 18. Looking forward – qualifications frameworks
    • Currently evaluating the regulatory arrangements for the QCF:
      • Are they too complex?
      • Do they support the flexibilities envisaged for the QCF?
      • Why have two separate qualifications frameworks (and third one for HE too)?
  • 19. Looking forward – a new policy framework
    • More choice for learners in maintained schools?
    • Changes to GCSE, A levels and the Diploma?
    • Outcome of Alison Wolf’s enquiry into vocational qualifications for 14 – 19 learners?
    • New funding arrangements?
  • 20. Shared interests
    • In making the qualifications system work for learners and centres
    • In trust and confidence in qualifications
    • In dealing consistently, promptly and consistently with ‘events’
    • In sharing and learning lessons
  • 21. To close
    • A word from Isabel Nisbet……
  • 22.
    • Thank you.
    • www.ofqual.gov.uk