2021 Regulation News
Ofqual has today published a letter for schools and colleges taking Ofqual regulated qualifications regarding advanced information for GCSEs and GCEs.
CCEA Regulation has adopted the Ofqual Vocational and Technical Qualifications Contingency Regulatory Framework(VCRF) for the assessment and award of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) in Northern Ireland during 2021-2022. Ofqual has published guidance to centres for awarding VTQs in 2021/22.
On 17 May 2021, the Minister announced that examinations would resume in the 2021-22 academic year with adaptations to CCEA qualifications. Today, 22 November 2021, examinations have commenced for the November series. CCEA Regulation would like to reassure centres, students and parents that it has taken cognisance of the grading approaches adopted by regulators in other jurisdictions and of the ongoing effects of the pandemic. CCEA has worked closely with the Department of Education and other stakeholders to put in place measures to ensure the smooth conduct of examinations and give students
Announcements have been made by Ofqual in England today in relation to the GCSE AS/A level qualifications it regulates. These cover adaptations for summer 2022 and apply to AQA, Eduqas, OCR and Pearson qualifications, even if taken in Northern Ireland.
CCEA Regulation has today, 6 September 2021, received direction from the Department for the Economy (DfE) to align Northern Ireland (NI) vocational qualifications regulation to the OFQUAL Revised Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) for the 21/22 academic year.
CCEA Regulation is working closely with the Department for the Economy (DfE) and other UK qualifications regulators to establish the arrangements for assessment and awarding of vocational qualifications during 2021-2022.
The Ofqual consultation ‘Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications: 2021 to 2022’ was launched on Monday 12 July. The government’s intention is that exams and assessments will take place in the academic year 2021 to 2022. Since March 2020 awarding organisations offering VTQs have adapted qualifications where appropriate and are now well placed to take these adaptations into the next academic year.
CCEA Regulation, together with Ofqual and Qualifications Wales, have outlined the high-level approach to the annual statement of compliance process 2021.
The process as outlined by the JCQ guidance released to centres on 26 March for the English Awarding Organisations (AQA, OCR and Pearson) and EDUQAS will be extended to Northern Ireland centres taking GCSE and A level qualifications with non CCEA awarding organisations. This will also apply to the JCQ appeals process when finalised.
An explainer tool has been launched today that provides the contingencies and mitigations for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications for the remainder of this academic year 2020-2021.
Following a technical consultation on the detail of a new regulatory framework – the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) – is now available. The decisions document and the VCRF conditions and guidance have been published today.