Changes to our Standard Conditions of Recognition and other relevant Regulatory Documents
The information below outlines all recent changes made to our Standard Conditions of Recognition and any relevant Regulatory Documents.
Updates to the Standard Conditions of Recognition due to leaving the EU
In light of the UK leaving the European Union on 31 January 2020, we consulted on changes to Condition A2 of the Standard Conditions of Recognition and A.2 of our General Criteria for Recognition. These Conditions and Criteria set out our requirements about the geographical location of awarding bodies. The consultation closed on 28 February 2020 and following our analysis of responses, we published revised Conditions and Criteria on 19 May 2020. These are intended to cover the interim period following the UK’s departure and the introduction of any new agreements.
On 20 February 2020, we announced our decisions regarding our review of the Standard Conditions. Most of those changes come into force from 1 October 2020, with the exception of Condition H6.2 which came into effect from March 2020. This change to H6.2 has also been reflected in the revised Conditions being published in May.
The new A2 and H6.2 of the Standard Conditions of Recognition come into force with immediate effect on publication.
Accountability for Awards
On 12 February 2020, we published changes to our Standard Conditions of Recognition and Additional Standard Conditions of Recognition for GCSE / GCE qualifications. These changes were introduced to strengthen our requirements on in the controls awarding bodies have in place over centre-assessment judgements.
These changes can be summarised as follows:
- requiring awarding bodies to put in place arrangements to scrutinise the standards of assessment judgements made by centres offering their qualifications;
- requiring awarding bodies to explain their approach in a strategy document (Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny strategy); and
- removing all requirements in respect of Moderation from our Standard Conditions of Recognition, and placing these in our qualification-specific Conditions for GCSE and GCE qualifications.
These new Conditions came into force from 00:01 on 13 February 2020. We expect awarding bodies to be fully compliant by September 2021. The changes made to our Additional Standard Conditions of Recognition for GCSE / GCE Qualifications came into force immediately.
Our decisions report which sets out the changes we have made to our Conditions of Recognition in greater detail can be found here. These changes are found in our published Conditions.
Changes to our Standard Conditions of Recognition
Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation and Ofqual consulted together between 2 August and 25 October 2019 on a set of changes to our respective Conditions.
We proposed substantive changes, which included requiring all awarding organisations to provide fee information on their public-facing website, requiring all awarding organisations to publish a policy that makes clear whether they recognise prior learning, and to introduce a new Condition designed to make explicit that the regulators can instruct awarding bodies not to issue results.
Many of the other changes proposed to the Conditions as part of this consultation were designed to improve awarding bodies’ understanding of them, keep them up-to-date and to provide further clarification, where necessary.
On 20 February 2020, we announced the decisions taken and analysis of the responses to that consultation.
All changes made to our Standard Conditions of Recognition will be implemented from 1 October 2020, with the exception of Condition H6.2 which comes into effect from March 2020. This is designed to make it as clear as possible that we can intervene to secure a delay in an awarding organisation issuing results, and to allow us to do so quickly in the rare cases where it is necessary.
A copy of our decisions report, an independent report of the consultation responses, a summary of the engagement event discussions and the Standard Conditions of Recognition containing the changes taking effect from 1 October 2020 can be found below:
Until this time, awarding bodies should still refer to our published Standard Conditions of Recognition which can be found on our website here.
Update to implementation date for Standard Condition F1
On 30 June 2020 we wrote to all awarding bodies outlining an update to the timetable for when the revised F1 comes into effect. In our decision report of February 2020 we said that the majority of changes would come into effect on 1 October 2020 with the exception of the new H6.2 and A2 that have come into effect as scheduled in March and April of this year.
Ofqual are conducting a consultation on guidance for the revised F1 and due to the covid-19 pandemic have extended the closing date to 30 September 2020. Following consideration of the consultation responses, the guidance is planned to be published in November 2020.
In light of this, we, along with Ofqual and CCEA Regulation, have revised the implementation date and the new Condition F1 will now come into force on 18 January 2021. All other changes to Conditions of Recognition announced jointly by ourselves, Ofqual and CCEA Regulation in February 2020 will come into effect on 1 October 2020 as planned.