Since 2015 City & Guilds | ILM, OCR, Pearson, NCFE, CCEA (and previously AQA) have held regular meetings with UVAC and a number of universities on all aspects of (higher) technical education and skills policy including higher and degree apprenticeships, progression, occupational maps and standards. Our next meeting is on Friday, 15 October at 11h00-13h00. We welcome new attendees. If you wish to join us online then follow this LINK. Associate Professor Ann Minton, of University of Derby (and UVAC Board Director), is the current chair, and the group is facilitated by Mandy Crawford-Lee. Contact either of us via [email protected].

The minutes of the last meeting and agenda can be downloaded below:

One of our partner awarding organisations on the HE AO Committee, Pearson, wish to share the first output from Pearson’s Future of Qualifications and Assessment project.

The events of last summer and preparations for 2021 have provoked many questions around assessment, including fairness and equity for young people. Assessment remains high on the agenda and it is against this backdrop Pearson are looking at the longer-term role of assessment in schools and colleges.

The Pearson project takes a longer view, going back to first principles, considering the function and purpose of Key Stages 4 and 5 – which at present are the defining and critical points of a young person’s education.

The first phase of the project included a major consultation with the education sector, employers, parliamentarians, parents and, most importantly, with young people to gather their views on a range of questions around each of these issues. We received over 6,000 contributions. It is the findings from this consultation that is being shared– in the form of an interim report, and supporting technical annex.



The findings from this consultation will inform the second phase of work which will include independently-commissioned research, the output from which will be published later this year.

The project is also be supported by an external steering group of experts from across education, academia and politics (including four former Secretaries of State for Education).