Changes to Performance Tables from 2014

The full range of ASDAN qualifications and programmes remain approved by DfE and Ofqual for use in schools and continue to be valued for the impact they have on student achievement.

The Government has now announced the list of qualifications that will count in subject-based headline measures for performance tables from 2014. Because of the Government’s focus on GCSEs as the basis of this performance measure, ASDAN qualifications do not feature in this particular list.

However, the full range of ASDAN qualifications and programmes will continue to be available and valued by schools because of the impact they have on student achievement across the board. Indeed DfE and Professor Alison Wolf have emphasised that: ‘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’. Other mechanisms, including the new Ofsted inspection framework, will highlight the value of other provision, whether reported in particular headline measures or not.

So in the future:

  • ASDAN programmes and qualifications will continue to prove helpful to young people to achieve more in their other subjects – research findings indicate that students exceed expectations in GCSE subjects (e.g. English) when their curriculum is supported by qualifications such as the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).
  • ASDAN will continue to offer schools and learners our full range of qualifications, programmes and awards.
  • ASDAN qualifications will continue to be approved by Ofqual and recognised as valuable for learners.
  • ASDAN qualifications will continue to provide support to schools in meeting the requirements of the Ofsted inspection framework.
  • All our Entry level qualifications will continue to count towards the achievement profile of special needs and foundation learners.
  • All our Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications will continue to be recognised by Further Education, Higher Education and employers.
  • ASDAN will continue to develop approaches, resources, programmes and qualifications that support the learning journey and help make young people work-ready and life-ready

Teachers need the tools to motivate, engage and inspire all learners throughout the 14-19 education experience, to help them develop skills for employment and skills for life. Students need their personal development to be recognised and accredited, to build confidence and self-esteem. We firmly believe students are best served by activity-based learning, applying and practising skills, reinforced by guided reflection, rather than through introducing external assessment and grading for the purposes of headline performance measures. We know many students, teachers, parents and employers agree.

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