Good morning. It is good to be here at what should be an interesting morning. You will be hearing from some of those directly involved in the reform of A levels – Isabel Nesbit from ALCAB, Professor Mark Smith, Paul Dodd of OCR, Gareth Pierce of WJEC – and from others, well placed to comment…. Read more »
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Securing Standards in Qualifications and Assessment
Marc Baker, Acting Executive Director for General Qualifications
(Original script, may differ from delivered version) Good morning. I am very pleased to be here today, talking to you at this timely conference about change. I know you’ve been hearing about some of the change Government is driving, in apprenticeships for example, about some innovative ways in which awarding bodies are themselves changing. Doubtless… Read more »
(Original script, may differ from delivered version) Good morning. I have been asked to cover GCSE, AS and A level reform and also changes we are making to the way we regulate these qualifications and national assessments, and I will, but let me mention now that we also have ambitious plans for improving where necessary… Read more »
We know that Ofqual has an important role to play in improving the quality of vocational education. At best, our regulatory arrangements can support awarding organisations in developing good qualifications. At worst, they can get in the way, and create unnecessary burdens.
We need our regulatory arrangements to drive all qualifications to have a clear purpose, and be fit for that purpose. And qualifications should be ‘valid’ – they should measure effectively the skills and knowledge they are intending to measure.
(Original script, may differ from delivered version) Slide 1 Good morning. Thank you very much for inviting me to join your conference today. With less than a fortnight to go before the end of exams, it feels quite appropriate that we’re turning an eye to the future here. As regulator, we won’t be taking our… Read more »
Good morning. It is a real pleasure to be here, to see so many of you here, and to follow such a knowledgeable and wise speaker (Rob Coe) and precede what will no doubt be a feisty discussion, as between Fiona and Melissa on the qualifications market. I am here to talk to you about… Read more »
Lessons from the Ofqual review of the QCF Check against delivery Good morning I’m going to talk to you this morning about the part Ofqual has to play in the programme of reform that was published by Government just last week. We are just concluding our review of the Qualifications and Credit Framework, or QCF…. Read more »
Good morning. As we all know, vocational qualifications are hugely important to those that take them, and to those that use them to indicate the knowledge and skills of potential employees or of students entering further study. In the last academic year 9.1 million certificates were issued for regulated qualifications that were not A levels… Read more »
Qualifications reform: the importance of learning Good morning. Thank you for the invitation to speak today. It is a real pleasure to be here. I always welcome the chance to speak with, and more importantly to listen to school leaders and teachers. It is really valuable to me, because I always take away some real… Read more »