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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 »
The future of the examination system Good morning. I am asked to talk about the future of the examinations system. It is hard to know where to start. We are in a period of unprecedented change, and uncertainty. As ever with change and uncertainty, there is unease. I want to talk about reform today to… Read more »
“Regulating through reform – the challenges for the regulator now and in the future” Good morning everyone. I’m grateful for being asked to open the discussion today on how we shape our exams system to make it more fit for the 21st century. I am asked to speak about regulating through reform, and so much… Read more »
Good morning. When Paul Newton asked me sometime ago if I would take part in today’s conference, I was pleased to say yes. That was partly because it was Paul Newton (who would say no to someone so eminent in the field of assessment) and partly because of the subject, risk. When regulators get together,… Read more »
“Government and Education” Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today. Our topic today is Government and education. You will understand if I narrow that, to Government and qualifications. I will start by reflecting on Ofqual’s position and role, particularly in relation to Government. Then I will talk a bit about… Read more »