The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has launched a consultation on a simplified External Quality Assurance (EQA) system. The consultation covers three areas:
Simplifying the EQA system, moving from a system where EQA is delivered by a wide range of different organisations to one where EQA is delivered by either Ofqual or, for integrated degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students (OfS).
Changing the role of professional and employer-led bodies in the EQA process and establishing a new register of these bodies from which Ofqual and OfS can draw occupational expertise.
Ending the system of charging end-point assessment organisation for EQA and moving to one where government funds Ofqual and OfS directly for delivery of EQA; and introducing one process for Ofqual recognition and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registration for end-point assessment organisations.
The consultation runs until 27 April 2020. Further details can be found here.