Ofqual Introduce New Regulatory Framework

Ofqual has today published its decisions following the technical consultation to introduce a new regulatory framework called the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF). This permits awarding organisations to award results when exams do not take place and/or because learners cannot complete all internal assessments. These provisions will apply to those qualifications identified by the Department for Education in their Direction issued to Ofqual.  

While the consultation has been underway, we have been working with Ofqual and other Awarding Organisations (AOs) to ensure that the categories we assign to our qualifications consider the purpose of the qualification, and where we offer similar qualifications to other AOs, we are aligned in our approach where possible. To support Centres plan their delivery arrangements we have shared on our website the categories we have assigned to our qualifications.  

Where qualifications that take similar awarding approaches to GCSEs, AS and A levels to align with the Government policy and Ofqual’s regulations, we have outlined in our Qualification Checker whether a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is to be part of awarding in 2021.  

The Qualification Checker indicates:

  • which qualifications Teacher Assessed Grades will play a part in awarding
  • which qualifications Teacher Assessed Grades won’t play a part in awarding

A range of options is already in place to assess students, including face-to-face examinations and assessments and various adaptations that we put in place during 2020.  For the qualifications and assessments that will be eligible for a Teacher Assessed Grade, EAL will be putting support in place for centres which, combined with our quality assurance process, will ensure that any estimated grades are fair and equitable, and meet the regulatory requirements.

Guidance will be uploaded to our website and further updates provided over the coming weeks, so please check back on this regularly, where we will provide more information including learner eligibility, the steps you will take to make a holistic judgement on Teacher Assessed Grades and common sources of alternative evidence.

For further information about which qualifications and assessments are eligible for Teacher Assessed Grades and to stay up to date with the TAG process, as more information is released, please visit our dedicated guidance section on our website. We will continue to update this page on a regular basis to ensure you have the most up to date information. Guidance documents for VTQs, PTQs and SVQs will be uploaded to this page before the Easter break to support the approach to assessment and awarding this year.

Guidance – Teacher Assessed Grades

More detailed advice and guidance will be added to our dedicated web page, to confirm:

  • the approach to awarding qualifications with a Teacher Assessed Grade, including confirming that exams and assessments will continue to be made available.
  • how centres should determine Teacher Assessed Grades, including internal and external quality assurance; arrangements for results days; deadlines to submit information; and any changes to adaptations.
  • guidance to centres on what you will need to do to submit Teacher Assessed Grades to us.
  • confirming any special consideration, enquiries and appeals policies and processes to support the approach to Teacher Assessed Grades.

Guidance – Teacher Assessed Grades

We will continue to keep you updated through our dedicated website page. In the meantime, you can also access our FAQs.