QCA, QCDA and Ofqual: Design and Technology

This collection of science resources is from the evolving Government agencies that have maintained and developed the National Curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations, advising the Secretary of State for Education on these matters.

Context

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) was set up by the Government to regulate all external qualifications in England. The National Assessment Agency took over the specific role of the delivery and administration of National Curriculum assessments from QCA in 2004.

By 2007, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), which was an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Education, carried out similar roles to QCA although regulatory functions regarding examination and assessment boards were transferred to Ofqual in 2007, as an independent regulator of exams and tests in England. The remaining work of the QCA was transferred to the QCDA.

The QCA was formally dissolved in 2010 when the QCDA and Ofqual gained statutory status. In 2010, the Secretary of State announced his intention to promote legislation that would abolish QCDA which then closed in 2012 and has been replaced in function by the new Standards and Testing Agency since 2011.

Education and qualifications in Scotland and Wales are the responsibility of the Scottish Government and Welsh Government and their agencies.

Resources

From the design and technology QCA, QCDA and Ofqual collection, these resources are materials and guidance produced to assess student performance in the various key stages and examinations.

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From the design and technology QCA, QCDA and Ofqual collection, these resources outline the curriculum required for various ages of student, along with subject criteria for examinations.

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These are reports and reviews carried out or commissioned by QCA, QCDA and Ofqual.

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Support materials

From the design and technology QCA, QCDA and Ofqual collection, these resources have been produced to support teachers in their work in providing the curriculum and meeting assessment requirements.

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