Qualifications Wales publishes its report on Review of Standard Conditions of Recognition

Monday 05 Nov 2018

Having completed our review of the Standard Conditions of Recognition, we have concluded that:

  • awarding bodies wished to see revisions across the Conditions;
  • awarding bodies preferred for these revisions to be aligned across three regulators as much as reasonably possible;
  • whilst revisions were suggested across the Conditions, the review has also highlighted that in some cases other forms of clarification or guidance and support would be helpful.

At the outset, we said that we would consult on any revisions to our Conditions this autumn, with a view to publishing a revised version of the Conditions in spring 2019, for them to be effective from September 2019.

In August this year, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation and Ofqual agreed joint working arrangements with the aim of aligning revisions across three sets of Conditions as much as possible. Therefore, we are publishing a report outlining the findings of our review at this juncture and are looking forward to the next stage of working with fellow regulators on potential revisions. Our fellow regulators will bring their own views, analysis and perspectives to potential revisions and where we draw the same conclusions, we are keen to work together to align these whenever reasonably possible to do so.

In light of the decision to consider revisions as three regulators, our aim is to consult together from April 2019.

We recognise that awarding bodies will need some time to consider the revisions and plan for implementing them, and therefore we will provide sufficient time to roll out the Conditions.

We currently aim to publish our revised Conditions in October 2019, to become effective from April 2020 and will offer support and guidance for awarding bodies during the roll out of any revised Conditions.

A copy of the report can be seen here.