Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Ofqual publishes frameworks for awarding organisations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Ofqual publishes frameworks for awarding organisations

Ofqual has published frameworks for awarding organisations general qualifications and vocational and technical qualifications, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ofqual’s guidance on making objective judgements, aims to support teachers involved in making judgements to help determine final grades. Conditions in the frameworks come into effect on 24 March 2021.

The General Qualifications Alternative Awarding Framework sets out General Qualifications Alternative Awarding (GQAA) Conditions, determining how to calculate results GQ qualifications, that comply under Condition GQAA3.(2)(a)(i).

As on 24 March 2021 GQ Qualifications will be defined in Condition GQAA1.7 as:

• advanced extension award qualifications

• project qualifications

• GCE qualifications

• GCSE qualifications

The vocational and technical qualifications contingency regulatory framework (VCR Conditions) are to be applied to all qualifications that fall into the A and B categories, as defined in Condition VCR1.8. The framework sets out requirements relating to the following:

• adaption of Category A and Category B qualifications

• determination of results for Category B qualifications

• principles that are to be applied by awarding organisations

Ofqual’s Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) sets out regulatory requirements for awarding organisations which offer vocational and technical qualifications. The ERF came into effect on 22 May 2020 and the Extended ERF on 12 October 2020. A notice was of extending qualification projects was published 4 December 2020.

The General Qualifications Alternative Awarding Framework can be found here.

Sources:

• General Qualifications Alternative Awarding Framework

• Information for centres about making objective judgements

• Vocational and technical qualifications contingency regulatory framework

 Awarding organisation coronavirus (COVID-19) information pages

• Submission of teacher assessed grades, summer 2021: info for teachers

• Extraordinary regulatory framework: VTQ, Covid-19 Conditions and Requirements

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