Today (20 July 2015) the Government announced its plans to carry out a review of post-16 education and training institutions. The review document sets out how the government will support a restructure of the post-16 education and training sector through a series of area based reviews.
Last week, the DfE AOVQ Group met to discuss matters relating to qualifications in the KS4 and KS5 performance tables.The meeting included a useful introduction by DfE which provided an overview of the direction of travel of the returning ministers in this education policy area.
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Following some early post-election speculation that BIS Ministers might abandon elements of the trailblazer plans because of fears the reforms may hinder the high profile 3 million starts target, there was a reassuring letter sent to employers chairs at the end of May confirming full square commitment to the trailblazer programme...More
Learners, colleges and employers around the UK are today celebrating the eighth VQ Day. Research undertaken by the Edge Foundation to mark VQ Day 2015 reveals that practical qualifications trump degrees as the pathway into the most highly rated skills in the community, with Brits preferring to live next door to a plumber than a doctor.
Earlier today, Ofqual emailed regulatory letter RO36 – closing the unit bank to responsible officers. The letter encourages all awarding organisations (AOs) to permit the awarding organisations that are currently using shared units to treat those units as their own in the future.
At the end of last week, Ofqual hosted the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Awarding Organisations (AO) Users Group, which Ofqual arranged, in collaboration with FAB to involve AOs in the development of the replacement system for the Regulatory IT System (RITS), the Register and the AO Portal.
On 25 March 2015, Ofqual published its consultation on the next steps for withdrawing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) regulations and introducing Total Qualification Time (TQT). The consultation contains proposal on a range of areas including: