QCDA chopped up...but SATs to stay

28 May 2010

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has given further details of which functions of the QCDA will survive (and which won't) once the education quango is abolished.

In a letter to the QCDA's chair, Christopher Trinick, Mr Gove says 'some vital work should continue'.

In particular, the national curriculum tests (SATs) will continue and so the 'functions and the people that support the tests would be needed after the closure'.

The administration of exams, such as Diploma awarding, will also continue but Mr Gove says that in the longer term this work should not be done by government or its agencies but 'is properly the domain of awarding bodies'.

He adds that he wants the QCDA to 'withdraw'  as soon as possible from qualification development and work on the curriculum.

The full letter is at:

www.education.gov.uk/news/letters/gove-qcda-270510

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