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Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority derived the six groups within the personal, learning and thinking skills framework. (127321)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s (QCA) personal, learning and thinking skills framework was designed following extensive consultation. The QCA carried out an online survey with local authorities, teacher associations, sector skills councils, awarding bodies and partner organisations between 3 October and 2 December 2005. In addition, the QCA discussed the framework at over 40 meetings with partners and stakeholders during the same period. The QCA also carried out a separate specific consultation for young people.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on what dates the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's Secondary Curriculum Review External Committee has met since it was established; (127322)

(2) how the members of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Secondary Curriculum Review External Committee were appointed; and who was responsible for their appointment;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2077W, on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, what the terms of reference are of the Secondary Curriculum Review External Committee; and who the members of the committee are.

A number of representatives from government bodies, educational organisations, schools and other stakeholders were invited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to join its Secondary Curriculum Review External Committee. The QCA was responsible for the appointment of committee members.

The current committee members are:

Peter Walker, Secondary National Strategy

Keith Wheeldon, Ofsted

Mr. Hugh Baldry, The Training and Development Agency for Schools

Ms Jenny Jupe, The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

Ms Kathy Baker, General Teaching Council

Professor John White, Institute of Education

Dr. Gordon Stobart, Institute of Education

Ms Sue Kirkham, Field House

Mr. Steve Labedz, Admiral Lord Nelson School

Mr. Martin Buck, Lister Community School

Alison Mottram, Ashton on Mersey School

Mrs. Carol Penney, South and West Association of Leaders in Special Schools

Corri Van de Stege, The Learning and Skills Network

Yasmin Bevan, The National College for School Leadership

Julie Bramman, DfES

Tina Isaacs, QCA

Kate Moorse, QCA

Jeremy Tafler, QCA

John Brown, QCA

David Downes, QCA

The Committee’s terms of reference are:

To bring an external perspective to the development of the key stage 3 curriculum and its assessment;

To help shape consultations with pupils, teachers, parents and other stakeholders;

To help shape trialling and piloting aspects of the proposed curriculum and assessment changes; and

To anticipate, and seek solutions for, possible implementation issues.

The committee met on 17 May 2005, 21 September 2005, 24 November 2005, 6 February 2006, 21 April 2006, 2 November 2006 and 6 December 2006.