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Introducing Ofqual Office of Qualifications and

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									                       Introducing Ofqual

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation




John Skipworth
Recognition and Accreditation Adviser – December 2011
Introducing Ofqual


n Ofqual is a non-ministerial government department, accountable
to Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly


n It was established on a statutory basis on 1 April 2010


n It was previously operating on an interim basis as an independent
part of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
Ofqual regulates:


n Qualifications   (‘General’ and ‘Vocational’) in England


n Vocational Qualifications only in Northern Ireland


n National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation
Stage Assessments in England



Ofqual does not regulate degrees
Regulation of qualifications, examinations
and assessment matters because of:

n Investment by learners (of all ages), providers
(including schools and colleges), employers and
taxpayers


n Reliance by higher education, employers, parents and
learners (as evidence of their knowledge and skills)
Ofqual must work:


n To secure the standards of qualifications

n To secure the standards of national curriculum and early years
foundation stage assessment

n To promote public confidence in qualifications and assessments

n To promote awareness about and understanding of regulated
qualifications

n To secure the efficiency of the qualification market

These are set out in its 5 statutory objectives
Ofqual Board:


n Ultimately responsible for the regulation of
qualifications, examinations and assessments


n Provides leadership and direction, setting strategic
aims, values and standards of the organisation
How we regulate


n Recognising   Awarding Organisations
  Must meet Criteria
  Must comply with General Conditions of Recognition


  Accepting Qualifications
  Must have an objective
  Must have support from users
  Must have a specification
  Must be fit for purpose
The organisation


n Based in Coventry


nC 170 staff


nwww.ofqual.gov.uk includes help and advice from the ‘Exams
Doctor’, information on qualifications and assessments, reports
and research
Contact details



John.skipworth@ofqual.gov.uk


Coventry telephone 024 7667 1826
Mobile 07970 650634

								
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