The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has launched a consultation on a simplified External Quality Assurance (EQA) system.
The consultation covers three areas:
- Simplifying the EQA system, moving from a system where EQA is delivered by a wide range of different organisations to one where EQA is delivered by either Ofqual or, for integrated degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students (OfS).
- Changing the role of professional and employer-led bodies in the EQA process and establishing a new register of these bodies from which Ofqual and OfS can draw occupational expertise.
- Ending the system of charging end-point assessment organisation for EQA and moving to one where government funds Ofqual and OfS directly for delivery of EQA; and introducing one process for Ofqual recognition and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registration for end-point assessment organisations.
The consultation runs until 21st May 2020.
If you would like to contribute to the consultation then further details can be found here