Corporate report

Ofqual's corporate plan

Our comprehensive programme of work, comprising 5 goals, to fulfil our statutory duties over the period 2018 to 2021.


Ofqual's corporate plan 2018 to 2021

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Goal 1: Regulate for the validity and safe delivery of general qualifications

What we plan to do in 2018 to 2019:

  1. Require exam boards to address identified risks to the safe delivery and award of GCSEs, AS and A levels.
  2. Make sure exam boards set appropriate grade standards in new GCSE, AS and A levels, as they are first awarded, and that they maintain grade standards in all other GCSEs, AS and A levels.
  3. Monitor the quality of exam boards’ marking and how they undertake reviews of marking, moderation and appeals, taking action if required.
  4. Investigate different approaches to maintaining qualification standards, current practices for moderating teachers’ marking, and the factors that influence the predictability of assessments.
  5. Refresh our work to deter malpractice and encourage the reporting of malpractice, including where examiners teach the qualifications for which they develop assessments.
  6. Decide whether standards should be adjusted in any subjects to promote inter-subject comparability.
  7. Keep under review the use of reasonable adjustments for disabled students and the use of special consideration arrangements for students who are affected by an event outside of their control when they are taking their exams.
  8. Continue our campaign to provide information about new GCSEs, AS and A levels, focusing especially on the 9 to 1 grading scale for GCSEs and employers’ understanding of the new approach to grading.
  9. Determine the long-term assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science.
  10. Evaluate reformed qualifications, including by gathering feedback from teachers, students, higher education and other key stakeholders.
  11. Publish our research evaluation of the move from modular to linear GCSEs.
  12. Alongside assessment and qualification system experts from a number of countries, publish a book on how standards are set and maintained in qualifications systems around the world.

Goal 2: Regulate for the validity and safe delivery of national technical and vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships End-Point Assessments

What we plan to do in 2018 to 2019:

  1. Introduce reformed functional skills qualifications to the market in a safe and considered way.
  2. Provide external quality assurance to regulated apprenticeship end-point assessments where we are asked to do so.
  3. Continue to support the option of an Institute for Apprenticeships-Ofqual quality assurance system for the introduction and delivery of technical qualifications within T level programmes, setting regulatory requirements as appropriate to our role.
  4. Play our part in government’s wider reviews of technical qualifications.
  5. Work with the Department for Education and Ofsted to continue to review the fitness for purpose of qualifications used in performance tables.
  6. Provide information to students, further and higher education providers, teachers, parents, employers and others about changes to reformed qualifications, using their feedback to tailor our approach.
  7. Evaluate the functioning of internal assessment in existing national technical and vocational qualifications and use the findings to inform the design of reformed qualifications.

Goal 3: Regulate for the validity and safe delivery of all vocational and technical qualifications

What we plan to do in 2018 to 2019:

  1. Address risks or events of significant harm where these arise in awarding organisations, sectors or across the system.
  2. Continue to undertake systemic work to address malpractice.
  3. Continue our review of awarding organisations’ moderation practices and centre controls, including Direct Claims Status.
  4. Review our approach to the recognition of new awarding organisations to support new entrants to the qualifications market whilst continuing to ensure their capability and capacity.
  5. Review the transparency of fees charged for vocational qualifications and undertake work to promote market efficiency.
  6. Initiate a long-term research programme into performance-based assessment, including to inform the reform of national technical and vocational qualifications.

Goal 4: Monitor and evaluate the validity of National Assessments

What we plan to do in 2018 to 2019:

  1. Monitor, evaluate and report on the validity of National Assessments including the quality of marking.
  2. Monitor and report on the Standards and Testing Agency’s approach to the maintenance of standards for key stage 1 and 2 testing.
  3. Investigate and publish research on approaches to the assessment of writing to inform the Standards and Testing Agency’s exploration of alternative approaches.
  4. Provide advice to ministers on changes to National Assessment arrangements as appropriate, such as in relation to the development and implementation of new assessments such as the reception baseline.

Goal 5: Develop and manage our people, resources and systems

What we plan to do in 2018 to 2019:

  1. Further expand our capacity to work on vocational and technical qualification regulation and reform.
  2. Implement our people strategy with a focus on talent management to retain and develop our people.
  3. Further develop our digital presence and processes including our awarding organisation portal.
  4. Improve access to and use of Ofqual data by other stakeholders, including more data sharing with key partners.
  5. Ensure our data is stored and used securely, appropriately and safely in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  6. Move to a new office location in Coventry.
  7. Complete the implementation of savings to deliver the Spending Review resource allocation.
Published 31 March 2017
Last updated 3 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published the 2018 to 2021 corporate plan.
  2. First published.