Monday 04 Dec 2017

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Annual Report records regulator’s use of new powers for the first time

The past year has seen some notable achievements for Qualifications Wales, with the regulator using some of its powers for the first time.

“Although we are still a relatively young organisation we have matured into our role quickly and have established ourselves as an integral part of the education system in Wales,” said Chair Ann Evans as the second annual report is published.

“I’m proud of the fact that we work closely with our partners in the education system to ensure that the needs of students in Wales are always at the forefront of our minds.”

A key achievement during the last year has been to commission a suite of 19 new qualifications in the Health and Social Care sector, including Childcare, following an in-depth review of the qualifications for this sector in Wales.

This new suite will replace more than 240 existing qualifications, and result in qualifications that reflect Wales’ needs, are available through the medium of Welsh, have clear progression routes and robust assessment.

Other highlights in the annual report include overseeing the safe delivery of the summer exams and our work with partners in the education system.

“In our role as a regulator we monitored the delivery of the first ‘Wales-only’ GCSEs and A levels closely and ensured that they were delivered fairly, so that appropriate standards were maintained,” said Chief Executive Philip Blaker.

Looking ahead, Mr Blaker said Qualifications Wales was reviewing the qualifications available in the ICT and Construction and Built Environment sectors, and the new Welsh Baccalaureate, all of which will report in 2018. These follow the recent publication of Qualifications Wales’ review of early and repeat entry for GCSEs.

 “Our second year has seen us grow in confidence in all aspects of our work. The actions and decisions we have taken have had a significant and positive impact on learners,” said Mr Blaker.