Support Materials

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

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.



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Planning, Teaching and Assessing the Curriculum for Pupils with Learning Difficulties - Science

Produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in 2009, this guidance supports the planning, development and implementation of the curriculum for pupils with learning difficulties. It draws on effective practice across a range of schools and can be used in...

Key Stage Four Work-related learning - Science

Produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in 2005, this resource summarises the requirements for work related learning in England at the time, and was designed to help science teachers plan, implement and evaluate successful teaching programmes that support work related learning. Case studies are...

Key Stages One and Two Schemes of Work - Science

A scheme of work produced as optional guidance from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to support the teaching of science at Key Stages One and Two (students aged 5-11), and intended to cover all the requirements of the 2000 National Curriculum programme...