May 2011 stakeholder update
26 May 2011
QCDA transfer and closure
Work in a number of our programmes came to a close at the end of March. This update guides stakeholders to where responsibility now lies for areas of work that have transferred. It also sets out our continuing duties for the remainder of the academic year.
Since our last stakeholder update in September 2010, we have continued to work with sponsoring departments and other agencies towards an efficient and well managed transfer and closure of QCDA.
In preparation for the closure of QCDA and to reflect our current remit from the Department for Education (DfE), we have removed some pages and materials from our website. We are also in the process of decommissioning email addresses that are no longer needed.
When you go to the site you'll notice that the structure has changed. Materials relating to National Curriculum Assessments and exams administration remain on the site.
If you can't find the resource you're looking for, you should be able to find it on the copy of the QCDA website which exists in the UK Government's National Archives.
Our remit for curriculum development ended at the end of March this year. Responsibility now rests with the DfE, see their Teaching the curriculum page for more information. Programmes of study for the national curriculum for England are published on the national curriculum website with guidance materials and resources moved to National Archives.
General qualifications and life skills
Work on 14-19 qualification development has now ceased. Responsibility for functional skills, Foundation Learning, A levels, GCSEs and other general qualifications together with the research and evaluation work associated with these qualifications has moved to either the Department for Education or Ofqual.
This includes current developments, for instance, the GCSE mathematics linked pair pilot which has transferred to the DfE and the GCSE science and functional skills qualification reviews which have transferred to Ofqual.
Responsibility for Key Skills has transferred to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. All remaining tests in the national Key Skills test bank have been sent to the awarding organisations along with mark schemes and related materials.
National Curriculum Assessments
QCDA will continue to deliver statutory National Curriculum Assessments (including Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 moderation) for 2011. These responsibilities will be transferred to the forthcoming Standards and Testing Agency – a new executive agency of the DfE – in due course.
QCDA will continue to provide schools and colleges with support for the administration of general qualifications and advise the DfE on the allocation of performance points and discounting codes until the end of October 2011.
The centre support function will transfer to the DfE in the autumn. Details are still being finalised but it is expected that the function will operate on a similar basis to the current model, with some rationalisation.
Dedicated support for Diploma administration will end as planned after this summer's awarding period, but Centre Support will still deal with enquiries as it does for other general qualifications. The Diploma aggregation service will transfer to the DfE later this year.
Our examinations scripts dispatch service will transfer to the DfE by the end of October and there will be no change to how the service operates.
The Access Arrangements Online service (including requests for modified papers) will transfer to the Joint Council for Qualifications in the summer after the summer 2011 exam series.
There will be a further update in the autumn. If, in the meantime, you have any queries about our closure or our role going forward, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: 27 May 2011