This free event is dedicated to the awarding organisations we regulate and takes place at a pivotal time for qualifications within the vocational and technical education sector.
We strongly encourage you to attend as you will gain a valuable insight into our regulatory approach. You can share your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities currently affecting the sector. In particular, you will discover how we will be addressing the changing landscape within vocational and technical education, apprenticeships and functional skills.
09:15am: Registration and coffee
10:00am: Welcome and Introduction, Phil Beach, Executive Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual
10:05am: Opening address: Delivering a clear and coherent regulatory system for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
10:25am: Guest speaker and panel session: Opportunities and challenges for qualifications in vocational and technical education, Lesley Davies OBE, Principal, Trafford College, followed by
10:45am: Panel session:
Nick Linford, Editor FE Week
Gary Machin, Chairman Barber Council, founder of RB Training
Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan
Lesley Davies OBE, Principal, Trafford College
(Phil Beach to chair session)
12:00pm: Breakout session 1 (delegates to attend ONE session)
Validity in Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Ofqual’s Regulatory Approach to Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Qualifications in Technical Education
2:00pm: Guest speaker: Prof Chis Warhurst, Director, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
2:30pm: Break out session 2 (repeat of morning – delegates to attend ONE session)
3:30pm: Closing remarks: Roger Taylor, Chair, Ofqual
3:50pm: Coffee and networking
1: External Quality Assurance (EQA) and apprenticeships: what you need to know
Presented by Steve Walker from Ofqual’s Vocational and Technical Qualifications Design and Delivery Team
Attendees to this session will learn about the External Quality Assurance (EQA) landscape and Ofqual’s approach to EQA. The session will explore how Ofqual will work with the other EQA providers and present Ofqual’s regulatory framework for End Point Assessments.
2: Functional Skills: share your views
Presented by Phil Carr from our Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy team
Functional Skills qualifications are a key part of many apprenticeship and other vocational courses. Ofqual regulation is integral in ensuring the high standard and appropriate demand of these qualifications. Join Phil Carr as he takes us through the latest news and developments in relation to Functional Skills and looks to the future of learning in this area.
3: Validity: why it matters
Presented by Paul Newton our Research Chair
By attending this session, you will discover why validity is the primary objective when designing a qualification and the primary yardstick when evaluating a qualification.
This session will explore what Ofqual means by validity to highlight considerations that awarding organisations might bear in mind when designing, developing, delivering and reviewing their qualifications. Attendees will learn about the importance of anticipating, countering and evaluating potential threats to validity that arise at different stages of the qualification lifecycle.
4: Vocational and technical qualifications: what our regulatory approach means
Presented by Bryan Horne, Associate Director, Standards for Vocational and Technical Qualifications
By attending this session, you will learn about Ofqual’s regulatory approach towards technical and vocational qualifications. Attendees will see a summary of the work planned for 2017 with the risk rationales set out, phasing and the expected outcomes from the various pieces of work. You will also gain valuable insight into the way in which thematic approaches will be adopted where there are particular areas of risk such as tackling malpractice, and maintaining effective external quality assurance over centre delivered assessments. The session will also include an outline of our portfolio management approach and the ways in which it handles incidents and events.
5: Qualifications in technical education: the future
Presented by Sarah Read, Head of Technical Education Reform, DfE
Attendees to this session will gain valuable insight into progress being made to implement the skills plan and the role of qualifications within the new technical education routes. Sarah will guide delegates through occupational mapping for the new routes, the links to apprenticeship standards and the principles underpinning the development and licensing of the new technical qualifications.