Leading change

The research and policy development hub for the awarding and assessment industry, providing information, ideas and advice on qualifications and assessment policy.

Policy Groups

The participation of our members in developing our policies is essential to our work. We convene a range of policy, operational and specialist groups to facilitate their input and encourage members to feed into our consultation responses, submissions and requests for evidence. This ensures that our voice is the voice of the experts in qualifications and assessment.


The core policy groups shape the Federation’s policies and report into both the National Strategy Forum and the Board of Directors. They are part of our governance structure and are open to full members only.

National Strategy Forum

This group develops our national policy positions and advises our board on overall strategy.

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Technical Education Policy Group

This group develops policy on all aspects of technical education UK-wide.

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Regulatory Impact Group

This group oversees regulatory issues and changes across the UK’s awarding and assessment landscape.

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End Point Assessment Operational Group

This group advises our Technical Education Group on policy and regulatory matters relating to end-point assessment and EPAOs.

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Public Affairs Strategy Group

This group oversees development and implementation of our public affairs plan.

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International Forum

This group oversees all aspects of international policy and initiatives.

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The special interest groups bring together members to discuss their respective areas and are not part of our formal governance structure. They are open to full members. Associate members may join the group with prior agreement from the Chair.

Performance and Creative Arts Forum

For those interested in performance & creative arts qualifications.

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Wales Group

A group bringing together members to discuss regulation and policy in Wales.

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Functional Skills Group

A group bringing together members to support one another in the delivery of functional skills.

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Scotland Group

A group bringing together members to discuss regulation and policy in Scotland.

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Northern Ireland Group

A group bringing together members to discuss regulation and policy in Northern Ireland.

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The Federation has varying levels of involvement in the groups below, which are all awarding-organisation led. They are not formerly affiliated with the Federation and some may include non-members. Details are provided here to support members in collaborating with colleagues on shared topics and issues.

Food Safety

Bringing together members with an interest in food safety qualifications.

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Education & Training Qualifications

Details to follow.

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