The terms of reference set out the membership of the committee, its governance and reporting arrangements as well as the scope of its purpose and role.


2021 Committee – REVISED terms of reference

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2021 Committee – REVISED terms of reference



Ofqual is publishing the terms of reference of the ‘2021 Committee’ which was established as a committee of the Ofqual Board to oversee the implementation of the policy decisions, taken by Ofqual and the Secretary of State for Education, about qualifications to be awarded in 2021.

Dame Glenys Stacey, former Chief Regulator, was appointed as Chair of the committee to provide continuity between those decisions and the oversight of delivery and awarding of qualifications in 2021. Within these arrangements, strategically material decisions were reserved to be taken by the Ofqual Board.

The announcements of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State in early January, that examinations and many other assessments would not take place in 2021 as normal, meant that the context significantly changed. Decisions for the Ofqual Board related to qualifications to be awarded this year are now, and are likely to remain, strategically material and must properly reside with Ofqual’s Board. The Ofqual Board therefore decided to wind up the 2021 Committee.

Published 28 June 2021