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Regulating national assessments – Ofqual Consultation

Ofqual proposes changes to the regulatory framework for national assessments.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

Ofqual intend to keep many elements of the existing framework. They propose to continue to focus our regulatory activity on areas of greatest risk and to use validity as their primary criterion for considering assessment quality. They propose to continue to regulate in accordance with the principles of good regulation.

The main changes we are proposing to the framework are:

  • to bring the framework up-to-date by reflecting changes to the bodies responsible for developing and delivering national assessments
  • to provide greater transparency and clarity about how they regulate, including by introducing a section explaining in more detail their regulatory approach, regulatory tools and their focus on the validity of national assessments
  • making sure their expectations of responsible bodies focus on outcomes such as validity, rather than prescribing certain administrative approaches
  • to make more explicit their expectations relating to assessment purpose and to strengthen their expectations about risks that should be escalated to Ofqual by responsible bodies

Ways to respond


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Regulating national assessments consultation,
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