I want to make a whistleblowing disclosure

If you work for a school, college, training centre or an awarding body, you may come across wrongdoing in relation to qualifications and assessments. We strongly encourage you to tell someone about your concerns.

Most people speak to their employer first of all, but not everyone feels able to do this.

Qualifications Wales is a prescribed body for whistleblowing, under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. If a worker reports certain types of wrongdoing to us in the public interest, they are protected by law and shouldn’t be treated unfairly or dismissed.

For more information on who is defined as a “worker” and what kind of disclosures are protected, see https://www.gov.uk/whistleblowing. If you are not sure whether you are protected as a whistleblower, you may want to get independent legal advice before you contact us.

If you work for a school, college or training centre

If you don’t want to raise concerns with your employer, you should tell the awarding body that offers the qualification. The awarding body shouldinvestigate and tell us about any issues that could affect learners, standards or public confidence in Wales.

If you work for an awarding body

We encourage you to tell us if you have concerns about an awarding body. We can consider disclosures about:

  • the design, assessment, award or certification of regulated qualifications; and
  • an awarding body’s failure to comply with our requirements, including malpractice, maladministration, conflicts of interest and incident reporting.

We cannot accept disclosures:

  • about a qualification that is not assessed in Wales or issues that do not affect Welsh learners;
  • about things that happened more than 12 months ago.

To make a whistleblowing disclosure to Qualifications Wales, please complete the form below, and send it to report@qualificationswales.org.

More information on how we will handle your whistleblowing disclosure can be found in our Regulatory Whistleblowing Policy.

Whistleblowing disclosure form