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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Section 155: Review of system for allocating values to qualifications

464.This section requires Ofqual to keep under review any system used by the Secretary of State which is:


for allocating values to qualifications to which this Part applies by reference to the level of attainment indicated by the qualifications; and


for the purposes of a qualifications-based performance management system.

465.For example, the Secretary of State’s Achievement and Attainment Tables currently measure the performance of schools with reference to qualifications obtained by pupils at the schools. In future, the School Report Card will provide similar information. The preparation of these reporting mechanisms requires the allocation of values to the qualifications to which they refer, so that the qualifications can be compared fairly and accurately. Ofqual will need to keep under review whether these values accurately reflect the level of attainment indicated by the qualifications – which includes both the depth of the knowledge etc. that needs to be demonstrated to attain each qualification, and how much study would typically be required to attain it. Ofqual is also given powers to collect from the Secretary of State the information it needs to discharge this duty. It will be able to use its powers under section 171(7) to publish a report on its findings (and if it wishes lay this before Parliament), notably whether it thinks that the allocation of values is appropriate.

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