Following the decision to close schools and not go ahead with this summer's exams, the Department for Education (DfE), Ofqual and awarding organisations have been working together to consider how best to assess vocational and technical qualifications intended to be taken over summer 2020.
The complexity of the landscape for vocational and technical qualifications means a single approach is not appropriate. NAHT is working with the DfE and Ofqual on the details of how this will work, and we will make sure concerns are raised and dealt with to the best of everyone's ability.
Ofqual publishes consultation decision on awarding grades in summer 2020
Today (22 May 2020) Ofqual has published a statement, analysis and decisions in response to its consultation on exceptional arrangements for awarding vocational and technical awards. It has also published its Extraordinary regulatory framework.
In light of these decisions, it has updated the following documents:
New Ofqual guidance for centres on what to expect from awarding organisations
New guidance from Ofqual sets out what is expected of awarding organisations when awarding grades for vocational and technical awards in summer 2020. This document will be updated when the outcome of Ofqual's' consultation on awarding VTQs this summer is published.
The guidance sets out its expectations in relation to:
- Which pupils the arrangements apply to
- Calculating results using centre assessed grades, rank order and internal assessment grades
- Evidence centres can draw on to calculate results
- Adaptions of assessments
- Work generated after 20 March
- Key dates and results day arrangements.
The guidance states that there will be a three-week window, starting on 1 June 2020, for collecting evidence from centres for calculating results.
Pearson's proposed approach for calculating results for BTEC awards
Pearson has produced a short guide on its calculated results approach for the BTEC qualifications. A separate short guidance has been produced for BTEC Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD), found here.
You can access further advice from Ofqual on summer 2020 results for vocational, technical and other qualifications here.
We will continue to keep members updated, but as the situation is rapidly developing, we advise members to check the relevant web pages for Ofqual and your respective awarding organisations regularly, which may include the following:
First published 09 April 2020