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Qualifications and Assessment: Regulation and Development

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Ed Balls) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today laying before Parliament, with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the joint command paper [Cm 7281] Confidence in Standards: Regulating and developing qualifications and assessment. Copies have been placed in the Library of both Houses.

On 26 September I announced that the Government would establish an independent regulator of qualifications and tests in England. The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator will be the guardian of standards across the tests and qualifications systems, building on the regulatory work of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority over the past 10 years. Confidence in Standards sets out the detail of these proposals and our plans to establish a development agency for curriculum, assessment and qualifications which will take forward the non-regulatory functions of the QCA. We are confident that these plans will give the public greater confidence in the standards of qualifications and assessments.

Our departments have launched a consultation on these proposals. The consultation materials are available from the DCSF website—www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/. This consultation will run until 10 March 2008.