Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Education written question – answered on 24th March 2011.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what responsibilities have been transferred from the Qualifications Curriculum and Development Authority; and which bodies have assumed each of those responsibilities;

(2) what responsibilities the Qualifications Curriculum and Development Authority will retain in financial year 2011-12;

(3) how many staff were employed by the Qualifications Curriculum and Development Authority in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and how many he expects to be employed at that body at the end of financial year 2011-12;

(4) what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) private sector companies and (b) voluntary organisations on the future of the Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Authority since his appointment.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 23 March 2011

A decision was taken to transfer some of the functions currently being carried out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) in preparation for its planned closure by March 2012.

The following responsibilities or functions have already transferred from QCDA:

Number Function Destination
1 Research Evidence Management Systems (REMS) Ofqual
2 Evaluation of new A levels and GCSEs The Department for Education
3 Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Ofqual

There are a number of research functions that are due to transfer by the end of 2010-11.

Number Function Destination
1 Maths GCSE Linked Pair Pilot The Department for Education
2 Maths GCSE Linked Pair Pilot Evaluation The Department for Education
3 International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive (INCA) The Department for Education

Alongside the decisions on transferring functions, the Department is working closely with the management team in QCDA to ensure that staff are consulted and provided with all the support and information they need before functions are transferred. In taking these decisions, consideration is given to staff rights under the Cabinet Office's COSOP arrangements (Cabinet Office Statement of Practice) and the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE).

In 2009-10, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) employed 683 members of staff. 535 of these members of staff remained in QCDA when QCA split into QCDA and Ofqual. In 2010-11, QCDA employed 416 members of staff. It is expected that there will be no staff employed by QCDA by the end of financial year 2011-12 as it is due to close in March 2012.

Ministers and the Department have discussed the implications of QCDA's closure with a wide range of bodies including awarding bodies and their representatives, as well as other interested governmental bodies such as Ofqual. Decisions about which functions are to continue and which are to be transferred are set out clearly in the Secretary of State's letters to QCDA's chair.

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