We understand the importance of effective, streamlined regulation and quality assurance of technical education qualifications as highlighted in the Skills for Jobs White Paper. We are working with the Department for Education, Ofqual, Ofsted and the Office for Students (OfS) to develop a Long-Term Assurance Model (LTAM). The model will bring coherence, consolidating a partnership approach for monitoring and improving the quality of technical education qualifications. This focus on quality is also reflected within the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill which includes provisions that, if passed, will give the Institute responsibility for overseeing all technical education and training within its remit.
Our overarching objectives are to ensure that:
The LTAM will show how the Institute and its partners will work together to deliver long-term assurance setting out roles and responsibilities and the activities where each organisation takes lead responsibility. The LTAM will cover arrangements for all technical education qualifications that the Institute approves. Initially this will be:
Assurance arrangements are already in place for apprenticeships through the External Quality Assurance Framework.
Assurance covers the full range of activities and processes that give stakeholders confidence in the quality of technical education qualifications. Assurance activities are undertaken by the Institute, Ofqual and other relevant bodies to make sure that qualifications meet all required criteria, deliver the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers need and help learners progress into or within work. Assurance will also evaluate the impact of qualifications to ensure they have met their intended purpose.
We have identified three components that form an end-to-end model of long-term assurance for technical education qualifications. The components are:
In the first phase of the development of the LTAM, the Institute is working closely with the Department for Education, Ofqual, OfS and Ofsted.
We have now started to engage with employers, awarding organisations and other stakeholders to ensure the model will deliver the right outcomes. This will help us refine and further develop the LTAM ahead of its publication later in 2021.
We want to hear from anyone who has any questions for us or has an interest in long-term assurance. Please contact us at: Institute.LTA@education.gov.uk .We will aim to respond within three working days.