Consultation on Changes to the Conditions of Recognition
Between autumn 2017 and summer 2018, we conducted a review of our Standard Conditions of Recognition (“Conditions of Recognition”). The Conditions of Recognition sets out the rules and regulations that all recognised awarding bodies must comply with.
Having completed our review of the Standard Conditions of Recognition, we published a report outlining our findings. We 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; and
- whilst revisions were suggested across the Conditions, the review also highlighted that in some cases other forms of clarification or guidance and support would be helpful.
We recognise that many of the regulated awarding bodies are common to all three countries, and therefore there is a need to minimise burden on them. As such, we have worked closely with our fellow regulators to propose the same, or closely aligned, revisions to respective Conditions in the vast majority of cases since September 2018 and have prepared a joint consultation on our proposals.
A three-regulator public consultation on proposals to revise our respective Conditions was launched on 2 August 2019.
The consultation responds to feedback gathered through a number of reviews recently undertaken, including Qualifications Wales’ review of its Standard Conditions of Recognition and Ofqual’s call for evidence on the availability of fee information.
The consultation document can be found here.
A key change proposed by all three regulators relates to the Conditions about fee information awarding bodies must provide to purchasers. We believe it is important that the prices charged for qualifications represent value for money, are transparent to all users, publicly accessible and clear to the purchasers of those qualifications, such as schools or colleges.
Other proposals in the consultation include revisions to the wording of Conditions about the role of the Responsible Officer, as well as making requirements around notifications about a Change of Control clearer. We are also proposing revisions to Conditions about Recognition of Prior Learning and issuing results.
The majority of the proposed changes are designed to improve the clarity and structure of our rules, make definitions easier to access and bring them up to date, without changing the expectations placed on awarding bodies.
The consultation includes a small number of proposals for revisions to the Conditions of just one or two regulators. These have been kept to a minimum and in most cases occur where policy or legislative contexts mean alignment is not possible or does not apply.
Responses to this consultation should be submitted by 18:00 on 25 October 2019 using the online form that is available here, or by completing the form and emailing your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage and welcome feedback from all – members of the public, users of qualifications, awarding bodies and centres.
We will also be holding engagement events during September. Dates for these events will be announced shortly.