The DfE announced on Tuesday 31 January which qualifications for 14-16 year olds will qualify for secondary school KS4 performance tables from 2014. The new tables will be published in January 2015.
The DfE's revision of performance tables follows on from the Wolf Report on Vocational Education. The Report's focus on the need to promote high quality vocational qualifications was wholeheartedly supported by OCR.
The majority of OCR's popular school-based vocational qualifications appear on the DfE's list. We welcome the inclusion of our Nationals qualifications, which, subject to Ofqual accreditation, will be launched as revised Level 1/Level 2 qualifications for first teaching from September 2012.
An updated version of the list will be published in March 2012. This will include newly accredited versions of approved qualifications, such as the new Cambridge Nationals which will be included in place of current versions. Qualifications that do not appear on the DfE's March list will not be eligible for the 2014 performance tables.
All OCR's full course GCSEs, and AS Levels, plus Level 3 Asset Language and Free-standing Maths (FSMQs) qualifications, alongside Principal Learning in Engineering at Level 2, will continue to be included in the KS4 performance table figures.
OCR is also working intensively to redevelop those qualifications, such as Level 2 Asset Languages and Level 2 Language NVQs, which do not appear on the current list, so they can be considered in the near future.
OCR believes in enabling teachers to give learners a balanced curriculum which allows progression. We support the following guidance provided by the DfE: "In all cases schools should act as they judge to be in the best interests of their students, regardless of whether a particular qualification or course will be recognised for the purposes of performance tables."