Ofqual consultation on arrangements for NEA assessment next year – Friday 21 May 2021

This week I highlight the Ofqual consultation on arrangements for NEA assessments next academic year, the dropping of the Institute of Teaching’s pilot year and information on the final NTLT governor workshop for this academic year.

Ofqual consultation on arrangements for non-exam assessment in 2021/22
Ofqual has launched a two week consultation on arrangements for non-exam assessment in 2022, focussing on subjects where pupils taking exams next Summer will begin to prepare this term e.g. geography, dance and drama.

This year, some non-exam assessment requirements were relaxed, such as those for group performances in dance, music, drama and theatre qualifications. Ofqual has said that it understood schools may have questions about “other activities” and how they may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, such as practical work in science and externally-set tasks in art and design.

The regulator said it was “hopeful that, with further lifting of public health restrictions, it will be possible for students to complete work as usual during the next academic year”, and therefore, it does “not propose to carry forward the 2021 arrangements for these subjects at this point in time to avoid possible negative effects on teaching and learning”.

New Institute of Teaching has dropped plans for its pilot year
The government’s new Institute of Teaching (IOT) will not be taking on its first trainee teachers until 2023 after plans for a limited pilot next year were dropped.

Originally, the DfE had stated in tender documents for the £121 million, six-year contract, that they were expecting the IoT to deliver a pilot ITT from September 2022, before expanding delivery to 500 trainees in 2023.  Contract documents have now been revised to simply state that the IoT “will commence delivery of ITT cohorts from September 2023”.  It will still deliver the early career framework (ECF) and national professional qualifications (NPQs) from 2022.

NTLT Governor Workshop on Generating Income: the governance role
A quick reminder that the final workshop for this academic year is taking place virtually on Monday 21 June from 5.30-7.30 p.m. 

The session will provide the opportunity for governors to develop a realistic and practical approach to working with senior leaders to generate additional funding suitable for their school and which stands a good chance of success. Using case studies and a four stage approach the workshop explores the positive impact governors can have. Exploring different types and sources of funding and support, including partnerships with the community and beyond it will help those governing make informed judgements and contributions to help their senior leaders focus on the development and implementation of viable strategies and projects.

If you would like to attend please contact me directly and if you have any areas you would like the Trust to deliver a workshop on next academic year just let me know.