It was interesting to read about the new government’s plans to make Diplomas the responsibility of the exam boards. We all expected to see a huge cut in quangos and with the QCDA (Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency) costing £120 million a year, it seems it is facing an inevitable end.
Mr Trinnick, QCDA chair said: “Our priority is our staff, so we are focusing on their well-being during this time of uncertainty.” Read about the current situation of this quango at http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6046290
Diploma – the future
So what does this mean for the Diploma? A fairly new qualification for 14-19 year olds that brings in a more vocational aspect than traditional A Levels.
It sounds like it will be increasingly important for teachers to continue with delivering the qualification in the best way they can. A wide range of support has been developed to help with delivering the Diploma, including Diploma Liftoff that provides help with the work aspects of the Diploma. It would seem unlikely that the government could make any drastic changes with so many students part way through their courses. With a commitment to improve education standards, a lot of the money they save from ‘quango cutting’ could be put into teaching and raising standards.
Another quango to go
Another quango to go will be the GTC (General Teaching Council). Michael Gove, Education Secretary said that he thought the GTC “does little to raise teaching standards or professionalism”. More information on this quango cut is at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/politics/10221877.stm