AoC Annual Examinations Officers’ Conference 15 February 2011 The Regulator’s view Julie Swan
Outline  <ul><li>Looking back  </li></ul><ul><li>Current issues </li></ul><ul><li>Looking ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Shared i...
Looking back: Ofqual established <ul><li>Established by Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009  - 1 April...
Events
 
Events
 
How we handle events <ul><li>Regular/daily contacts with awarding organisations  </li></ul><ul><li>Centres asked to help s...
Looking back: first awards of the A level A* grade  <ul><li>Aim: to support identification of highest achievers </li></ul>...
Looking back – Diplomas in summer 2010 <ul><li>Larger numbers in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>600 learners awarded a diploma at ...
Diploma 2010 <ul><li>Much support from the QCDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The field office team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spe...
Looking back: population of the QCF <ul><li>During 2010 the QCF was populated with qualifications and units.  </li></ul><u...
Current issues – reforming our regulatory approach <ul><li>A robust, strategic, risk-based regulator that facilitates inno...
Our principles <ul><li>The interests of learners are paramount </li></ul><ul><li>Fitness for purpose is key to quality </l...
Current issues: Government priorities and reforms <ul><li>GCSE modularisation </li></ul><ul><li>14  - 19 Diploma </li></ul...
Current issues: reasonable adjustments for disabled learners in vocational and general qualifications <ul><li>The Equality...
Current issues – entry to HE <ul><li>We are encouraging transparency with regard to qualification requirements for entry t...
Looking forward – qualifications frameworks <ul><li>Currently evaluating the regulatory arrangements for the QCF:  </li></...
Looking forward – a new policy framework <ul><li>More choice for learners in maintained schools? </li></ul><ul><li>Changes...
Shared interests <ul><li>In making the qualifications system work for learners and centres </li></ul><ul><li>In trust and ...
To close <ul><li>A word from Isabel Nisbet…… </li></ul>
<ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>www.ofqual.gov.uk </li></ul>
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The Regulator's View

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