2021 Regulation News
Ofqual has announced its direction for awarding organisations offering vocational qualifications. This is important for NI learners taking vocational qualifications with English awarding organisations, as the direction will also apply to Northern Ireland. It is important that there is alignment with the arrangements for awarding vocational qualifications as this protects comparability and portability of qualifications taken by learners in Northern Ireland.
After 6 years in post, CEO Justin Edwards, announces he will be leaving CCEA to pursue a new opportunity. Mr Edwards will remain in post until 30 April 2021. Alongside his established senior management team, he is fully committed to the implementation of the Minister’s decisions in relation to awarding examinations and CCEA’s wider programme of work.
On 22 January 2021, the Economy Minister announced the cancellation of Essential Skills assessments and examinations for vocational qualifications used for progression until August 2021.
Ofqual launch a consultation today seeking views on the alternative arrangements by which learners will be awarded GCSE, AS and A level grades in summer 2021. NI stakeholders, with interests in non-CCEA general qualifications in particular, may wish to consider a response to the consultation.
Ofqual launch a follow up consultation today seeking views on alternative arrangements for the award of vocational qualifications in summer 2021. NI stakeholders may wish to consider a response to the consultation.
CCEA Regulation notes the further communication from the Department of the Economy Minister on 8th January 2021 on Vocational Qualifications.
CCEA Regulation understands that OCN NI has issued communication to centres regarding OCN NI VTQ assessments for 2021. Please note the pertinent points below:
OCR have released the following statement on Cambridge National and Cambridge Technical January examinations on their website.
CCEA Regulation notes the communication by the Department of the Economy Minister on 5th January to facilitate learners taking vocational qualifications in January 2021.