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Further Education: Standards

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to ensure consistent (a) assessment, (b) recording and (c) quality assurance of educational standards in the 14-19 diplomas. (282880)

Diplomas come under the responsibility of the independent regulator of qualifications and examinations, Ofqual. Ofqual has responsibility to protect the interests of learners by ensuring that results are fair and accurate and that assessment and standards are appropriately established and comparable across awarding bodies.

I have asked the Chief Regulator to write to my hon. Friend to set out the steps taken in relation to Diploma assessment, recording and quality assurance.