• Ofqual to face grilling by MPs over exams fiasco

    Leaders from exams regulator Ofqual will appear in front of MPs next week to answer questions about this year’s exam results fiasco – but outgoing boss Sally Collier will not be with them. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, will also “likely” face questions about the government’s handling of the crisis when he appears in front

    14.10 Aug. 28th, 2020 | Uncategorized

  • Sally Collier to be replaced by Dame Glenys Stacey as Ofqual chief regulator

    The chief regulator of Ofqual Sally Collier is to leave following the exams fiasco that has engulfed England in recent weeks and be replaced by her predecessor, Schools Week has learned. Dame Glenys Stacey, who served in the role from 2011 to 2016, will take up the role again in an acting capacity until December,

    15.15 Aug. 25th, 2020 | News

  • DfE launches consultation on fully-funded digital functional skills qualifications

    The Department for Education is calling for views on the content for new digital functional skills qualifications that will become available for first teaching and free of charge from August 2021. They will replace the existing functional skills qualifications (FSQs) in ICT, which will stop being available from July 2021. The legacy ICT qualifications are

    12.15 May. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Awarding bodies told to 'strengthen controls' on applied generals after 'unwarranted' rise in grades

    Ofqual is urging awarding organisations to “strengthen their controls” on certain types of applied general qualifications, after it uncovered evidence of grade inflation on old-style BTECs. Its research into the “legacy” level three BTECs, which don’t include any external assessment, found that the proportion of people gaining the highest grades on some of these courses

    13.59 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual survey into perceptions of vocational qualifications: 7 key findings

    New research by Ofqual has revealed worryingly low levels of understanding among employers of key elements the government’s apprenticeship reforms . Its survey looked at perceptions of vocational and technical qualifications among 3,000 employers, learners and training providers. It will allow the exams regulator to “measure changes in levels of understanding and perceived value over time” amid ongoing

    14.11 Sep. 26th, 2018 | News

  • EPA assessor capacity: Will England be able to cope in the long-term?

    By 2020, when the apprenticeship reforms will have taken full effect, there are likely to be around 500,000 end-point assessments carried out every year. Sally Collier, chief regulator at exams watchdog Ofqual, told a room full of training providers at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ conference in June, that she was “concerned” over

    11.00 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual investigating provider after inspectorate found copy and paste assessments

    Ofqual has confirmed it is investigating ‘copy and paste’ assessment allegations at a Newcastle-based training provider, uncovered during a recent Ofsted inspection. The inspectorate’s report into Northern Construction Training and Regeneration, published last week, said it had found evidence of assessment practice that was “not consistently appropriate” – including identical word-processed text in six out

    18.22 Aug. 28th, 2018 | News

  • New quality assurance rules will create a tiered apprenticeship system

    The latest announcements on quality assurance of end-point assessments are a game-changer for assessment organisations – some standards will now be regulated more stringently than others, predicts Terry Fennell Things just got serious for end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) delivering standards that are externally quality assured by Ofqual, with new enforceable rules coming into effect on

    14.30 Jul. 30th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Only Ofqual should be allowed to regulate apprenticeship standards

    Trailblazers can choose the body that regulates their apprenticeship standard. Only one of these is actually qualified to do so, argues Rob May Every major skills policy at some point promises to “put employers in the driving seat”. For a department labouring under policy amnesia this has been the rhetoric of reform for at least

    15.00 Apr. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofqual will regulate T-levels, boss insists

    Ofqual will play a vital role in regulating T-levels, the chief regulator has said. Sally Collier, who was appointed to the top role at watchdog in April last year, appeared before the education select committee this morning, where she was asked by MPs about the role that Ofqual will play with the new “gold standard”

    13.11 Dec. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Ofqual's new app requires improvement

    Ofqual’s app is a step in the right direction. It’s a prototype, though, and several more steps will be needed to navigate the qualifications landscape, writes Gemma Gathercole When Ofqual tweeted from their ‘Shaping the qualifications landscape’ event, you’d be forgiven for rolling your eyes at another statement of how complicated the qualifications system is,

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2017 | Opinion