OCR is undertaking a thorough review of the Asset Languages range.
Accreditation for the current range of Asset qualifications runs out on 31 December 2013.
We are already planning to redevelop successor Asset qualifications in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, so that, subject to accreditation, a new range will be available for first teaching from September 2013. We can tell you that the new range will be offered at Breakthrough (Entry Level), Preliminary (Level 1) and Intermediate (Level 2) and will be able for first assessment in 2014. However, we can confirm that new Advanced Stage Asset qualifications will not be redeveloped after accreditation expires at the end of December 2013.
We will be reviewing the breadth of the languages we offer over the coming months. At the present time, plans to redevelop qualifications in any of the other languages (other than those listed above) are on hold and we cannot guarantee their availability for new starters in September 2014. We are currently working with community language groups to establish a model which could extend OCR’s community language offer in the future.
Schools and colleges currently using Asset Languages should therefore plan their curriculum provision for 2014 based on the availability of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin at Breakthrough, Preliminary and Intermediate only. Breakthrough qualifications have proved to be an appropriate form of recognising achievement for many beginners, including those in Primary schools, where the return of compulsory language learning has been signalled.
We would like to reassure students and teachers who are using existing Asset Languages qualifications that they will continue to receive our full support.
While OCR recognises the hard work and dedication of students and teachers who deliver Asset Languages, we are forced to re-assess our commitments, particularly since changes to school performance measures and funding policies are likely to impact on the demand for these qualifications. We are extremely interested in hearing from you if you have plans to offer any of the languages currently under review to help us understand any issues facing you, so that we can feed your thoughts and concerns into our review as we investigate all of the options available to us. You can e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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