Our strategies and policies set out how we intend to conduct our activities.
Our business plans and financial reports show how we are using our resources to meet our aims and objectives, in an efficient and effective way.
Our annual reports reflect on how we are progressing against those commitments.
Our inaugural Strategic Priorities Plan outlines the key themes that underpin our work. They are intended to create a stronger, more robust and more resilient qualifications system in Wales that meets the needs of our future generations.
The plan covering the period 2022 to 2027, is inspired by a desire to ensure that learners in Wales benefit from an assessment system that is amongst the most innovative and modern in the world, making the most of a wide range of assessment techniques and building flexibility into how, and when, learners are assessed.
The plan outlines how, over the next five years, we will:
- complete our programme of sector reviews and begin to evaluate the benefits and impact of its reforms work with Welsh Government, the new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research, awarding bodies and others to secure and strengthen a sustainable range of robust qualifications for post-16 learners and apprentices
- continue our review of qualifications in Wales to ensure that there is a clear relationship between qualifications at 14-16 and progression to higher education
- complete our review and reform of Essential Skills Wales qualifications, ensuring that there is a joined-up and robust approach to the assessment of literacy, numeracy and other relevant skills to meet the needs of learners
- work with awarding bodies to increase the range of qualifications available in both Cymraeg and English, so that the number of learners able to access qualifications in either language increases significantly
- promote modern, robust and innovative approaches to assessment
Our Business Plan sets out our operational priorities for the financial year 2023-24 which starts and ends in April. We’ve now published our business plan and you can read it here. The plan has been shaped around our five-year Strategic Priorities and gives us focus for the financial year ahead.
It also includes the actions we intend to take to progress our Strategic Equality Objectives and explains how we support the Wellbeing of Future Generations.
The 2021-22 academic year was one of continuing challenges for the education system.
Our latest annual report highlights our work during this time including how we:
- monitored and oversaw the secure delivery of the first exam series for three years
- prepared for our largest ever consultation, to reform GCSEs in Wales
- began work to identify what other qualifications should be available as part of a coherent, inclusive offer for those aged 14-16 to support the Curriculum for Wales
- continued to monitor new Made-for-Wales vocational qualifications in Health and Social Care, and Construction and the Built Environment
- produced new resources to support awarding bodies to improve the availability of Welsh-medium qualifications
- commissioned a new Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales qualification which will begin to be taught from 2023
As a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, we are committed to publishing our accounts on an annual basis.
Our latest set of annual accounts covers the period between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. The Accounting Officer is pleased to confirm that it is an ‘unqualified’ report from the Auditor General.
The maintenance and integrity of Qualifications Wales’ website is the responsibility of Qualifications Wales; the work carried out by auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and accordingly auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.
Our Choice for All strategy clearly sets out our commitment to Cymraeg (the Welsh language) and our aim to increase the availability of Welsh-medium qualifications.
It also emphasises our intention to work with awarding bodies and other partners in order to contribute towards Welsh Government’s Cymraeg 2050 priorities.
Choice for All sets out four strategic areas of focus:
- prioritising qualifications to be made available in Welsh in full-time education, post-16 settings and apprenticeships
- strengthening support for awarding bodies and their capacity to deliver Welsh-medium qualifications
- revising our Welsh Language Support grant to focus on priority areas, new qualifications and innovative applications
- improving information and data for learners, schools and colleges, and for our regulatory purposes
We have also produced and regularly review a Welsh Language Scheme, which sets out how we deliver our functions and responsibilities through the medium of Cymraeg as well as in English. Our latest Welsh Language Scheme Compliance Report outlines how we met our commitment under the Scheme during 2022/23.
Wellbeing of future generations
Although we are not currently subject to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, we consider that our role supports its purpose, and that its requirements are compatible with how we work. Therefore, we have voluntarily chosen to adopt the provisions of the Act to underpin how we deliver our functions. Our latest progress report shows what we have achieved.
Our work is underpinned by our values:
- collaborative in the way that we work
- thoughtful in the approaches we take
- positive in our outlook
- learning from experience and others
These values place both collaboration, and decisions based on considered evidence, at the heart of our behaviours. We care about qualifications because we understand the difference that good education makes to long-term life chances, and the importance of being able to demonstrate achievement through robust and meaningful qualifications.
Carbon Reduction action plan
Qualifications Wales is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. We have made significant improvements to our leased office environment over the last 6 years. We support Welsh Government’s ‘Working Together to Reach Net Zero’ 2021-25 plan and the further actions that we will take are described in our 2022-24 Carbon Reduction Action Plan.