Ofqual’s new Corporate Plan, which covers the period 2016-19, builds on work undertaken over the past 12 months, and is focussed in particular on the maintenance of assessment standards, reform in both general and other qualifications, and effective use of the organisation’s resources.
Ofqual’s Chair and Interim Chief Regulator, Amanda Spielman said:
The context for qualifications always has to be considered carefully; qualifications are the mirror of education, not the education itself. We set our objectives in the light of feedback about how formal assessments influence education.
For many people the most visible aspect of our work in 2016 will be the continuing focus on general qualification reform: accreditation of new qualifications and also decisions about changes to exam reviews and appeals; and about how exam boards will set GCSE grades 9-1.
This plan shows that there is in fact a great deal more going on. We continue to hold awarding organisations to account for the validity of their qualifications, and to take action where we find problems. We continue to work on ways of improving fairness and increasing transparency.