Geoff Holden - City and Guilds

Report
Qualification reform update
Geoff Holden October 2014
Key points from the last year
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DfE 2016 performance tables list published
SfA Technical guidance
DfE 2017/18 Technical guidance
Ofqual QCF consultation
Lifting of accreditation requirement
Functional skills reprieve
New UCAS process
Qualifications 2015
14
16
18
24
A Levels
Applied
Generals
HE
GCSEs
KS4 VQs
L2 Techs?
Apprenticeships- Richard design
L3 Tech Levels
AVQs- employer led- Whitehead
style
Traineeships
Unit based provision unemployed, upskilling
Qualifications 2015 -update
14
16
18
24
A Levels
GCSEs
Applied
Generals
L3 Core maths
Technical
Awards
Substantial
L2VQs
HE
Apprenticeships- Richard design
L3 Tech Levels
AVQs- employer led- Whitehead
style
Traineeships
Unit based provision unemployed, upskilling
14-16 Update
• Technical Awards are broad, high-quality level 1 and
level 2 qualifications that equip students with applied
knowledge and associated practical skills not usually
acquired through general education.
• Technical Awards may focus on applied study of an
industry sector or occupational group, or the
acquisition of practical and technical skills.
• These qualifications will fulfil entry requirements for
both academic and vocational study post-16,
alongside GCSEs.
• Maximum of three alongside GCSEs
14-16 Update
• Technical Awards must be recognised and valued by
post-16 education and training providers as beneficial
to students’ general education at key stage 4
alongside GCSEs.
• Minimum 120 glh
• Graded
• 40% external assessment
• Must be designed for 14-16 and not available post-16
16-19 Update
• Substantial Vocational Qualifications at level 2 –
these are rigorous intermediate technical
qualifications for post-16 students wishing to
specialise in a specific industry, occupation or
occupational group. They cover occupations where
employers recognise entry at level 2 or where a level
2 qualification is required before students can
progress to a Tech Level. They equip students with
specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to an
Apprenticeship, employment or progression to a Tech
Level.
16-19 Update
• Substantial Vocational Qualifications at level 2 must
be at least 150 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
• Mandatory content and the associated contribution to
the overall grade must make up at least 40% of a
Substantial Vocational Qualification at level 2
• Minimum 25% external assessment for a Substantial
Vocational Qualification at level 2
16-19 qualification features
• ‘Tech Levels’– at Level 3 seen by DfE and BIS as
core vocational option
• Key component of Technical Baccalaureate
(alongside EPQ and Core Maths)
• Graded, external and synoptic assessment
• Employer endorsement
• In England, the occupational standard will be the
same for adult vocational qualifications,
Apprenticeships and Tech Levels
• Substantial Level 2s – into employment or progress
to Tech Level
Post 19 and Apprenticeships- Whitehead- AVQ
reforms and Richard review implementation plan
Richard review- implementation
• Three rounds of Trailblazers
• Moving to BAU
• First starts expected Spring 2015
• SASE issue…
• Based on high level standard
• Enable progression
• Core and options model
• Linked to Tech Levels
Ofqual updates
Removal of accreditation requirement for DfE submissions
from summer 2014 and for all qualifications from November
3 (except GCSEs, AS and A levels)
Consultation on effective abolition of QCF
Consultation on GLH definition for RPA
Removal of ‘accreditation’
Expectation we get it 100% right first time
All handbooks and assessments ready
Regulatory focus on ‘life cyle’ of qualification
Design
develop
deliver
review
Removal of QCF regulations
• No requirement for unit based qualification
• No requirement to assign credit
• No requirement to share content
• Supports DfE and 19+ qualification reforms
• Closure of unit data bank
• Consultation closes today
• Technical consultation on implementation over winter
(covering timescales and systems updates)
Skills funding priorities 2013/14 & 2014/15
• Support growth for 16-24s, at Advanced and
Higher levels, and in priority sectors
• Support the development and delivery of
Traineeships.
• Support the successful introduction of 24+
Advanced Learning Loans
• Take quick and robust action to identify and
tackle poor performance
• Develop a vision for high quality vocational
qualifications (Whitehead Review)
SfA Technical Guidance update July 2014
A funding system which
• Supports individuals to achieve English and maths at Level 2.
• Allows young adults (19 to 23) to access and progress through
key qualifications available at Key Stage 4 and 5.
• Supports individuals to gain the core and initial skills required
to enter employment.
• Supports individuals in improving skills and/or gaining new
skills to enter and move across and through employment.
• Supports individuals to progress to the next level of
attainment and learning.
SfA Technical Guidance- Automatic approval
• Tech Level qualifications approved for inclusion in 1619 Performance Tables.
• Substantial Level 2 vocational qualifications which
will meet DfE requirements for inclusion in 16 to 19
Performance Tables.
• Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications which are
confirmed as meeting the ‘full and relevant’ criteria by
the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• QCF Level 3 Award in Education and Training and
the QCF Level 4 Certificate in Education and
Training.
• Specific qualifications in fork- lift truck, food hygiene,
health and safety, and first aid at work approved for
certain groups of learners.
SfA Technical Guidance update July 2014
• Our new business rules will ensure that we only fund
qualifications that have clear recognition from employers
and/or education institutions.
• Qualifications in the offer will need to be of sufficient size to
deliver meaningful learning and demonstrate the attainment of
skills, knowledge and understanding.
• Furthermore, we will only approve qualifications that are in line
with funding priorities as expressed in the annual Skills Funding
Statement, and that have clear, public facing statements of
purpose that demonstrate this. Must be on website by
November 1 2014
SfA Technical Guidance update July 2014
• Qualifications at Entry to Level 1 must be at least six
credits.
• Qualifications at Level 2 or above must be at least 15
credits.
• Reviewing the position of Entry and Level 1
provision- Are qualifications appropriate?
City & Guilds new product lines
• Level 2 & 3 Technicals
• Designed to meet DfE and SfA criteria
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Phase 1 from August 2014
• Core components of City & Guilds TechBac®
City Guilds’ TechBac®
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Level 2 (Technical) Award in Environmental and Land Based Studies
Level 2 (Technical) Certificate in Animal Care
Level 2 (Technical) Certificate in Equine Care
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Engineering
Level 2 (Technical) Certificate in Engineering
Level 3 (Technical) Certificate in Engineering
Level 3 (Technical) Extended Certificate in Engineering
Level 3 (Technical) Diploma in Engineering
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Hair and Beauty Studies
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Business Enterprise within the Hair and Beauty Sector
Level 3 (Technical) Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Automotive
Level 2 (Technical) Certificate in Automotive
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Digital Technologies
Level 2 (Technical) Certificate in Digital Technologies
Level 3 (Technical) Certificate in Digital Technologies
Level 3 (Technical) Extended Certificate in Digital Technologies
Level 3 (Technical) Diploma in Digital Technologies
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Constructing the Built Environment
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Designing and Planning the Built Environment
Level 2 (Technical) Award in Exploring Civil Engineering
Level 3 (Technical) Certificate in Constructing the Built Environment
Level 3 (Technical) Extended Certificate in Constructing the Built Environment
Level 3 (Technical) Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment
Level 2 (Technical) Award in an Introduction to Electrical Installation Skills
Level 2 (Technical) Award in an Introduction to Plumbing Skills
Implications- Employers
• Employers are seen by the Government as critical for the
success of these reforms.
• Employers will become the direct purchasers of
apperenticeship and adult training not our centres
• Evidence of direct employer involvement in the design
and assessment of all vocational qualifications is
expected and, in the case of the new apprenticeship
qualifications, essential.
• The reformed 16-19 level 3 qualifications, endorsed by
and developed with employers, will form the substantive
part of the new 16-19 study programmes
Any Questions?
Thank You

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