2019 performance tables FAQs

Will approved qualifications remain as approved on the DfE 2019 performance tables?

The DfE 2019 Performance Tables: Technical and Applied Qualifications publication lists the qualifications that have been approved by the DfE for teaching to 14 to 19 year olds from September 2017 and reporting in the 2019 Key Stage 4 and 16-19 performance tables.  The process for qualifications to be approved in DfE performance tables is carried out across the year, with updates of approved qualifications being published at four times. At each update, qualifications will be added to the list, not removed. The qualifications featured on the approved list will remain there and will count in performance measures in the year specified.  In this instance, the DfE will recognise performance on these qualifications for those pupils exiting their learning in 2019.

I have heard that there has been an example where this is not the case and the qualification has been removed earlier than stated…

NCFE is aware that there has, this year, been a qualification that was previously approved which has now been removed from performance tables earlier than originally stated. It's our understanding that concerns were raised around the rigour of the qualification and ‘equivalence’ to other technical qualifications and GCSEs. A review of this qualification was carried out by the DfE and potential issues of ‘gaming’ identified. The same concerns have not been raised about NCFE qualifications and so the qualifications approved on the DfE 2019 performance tables will remain there until pupils exit their learning in 2019.

When can teaching start for the 2019 approved qualifications?

Teaching on the 2019 approved qualifications begins in September 2017. The DfE will recognise performance on these qualifications for those pupils exiting their learning in 2019.

I'm currently delivering a previous specification of an approved qualification in the DfE 2019 performance tables, what’s changed in the new specification?

Following the V Cert development process and implementation of a new grading approach we've redeveloped our level 1 and 2 qualifications to meet the requirements of the DfE and technical guidance. Specifically we've redeveloped the V Cert qualifications to meet the minimum 40% external assessment requirements for the DfE. We've also aligned level 2 to a level 1 qualification to allow for co-teaching mixed ability classes.  We'll still have 2 Qualification Specifications and internal assessment briefs dedicated to each level.  However, we'll have only one external assessment to cover both the level 1 and level 2 qualifications. This will make it easier if you wish to transfer learners. Click here for more information on our V Certs.

I teach a 3 year key stage 4, What does this mean for my pupils currently in Year 9?

The DfE only provides approval for qualifications to feature in performance tables 2 years in advance. The 2019 approved technical award qualifications will only count in DfE performance tables for those pupils exiting Key Stage 4 in 2019.  Current Year 9 pupils will not exit Key Stage 4 until 2020. We're therefore not able to confirm that these qualifications will be approved in the DfE 2020 performance tables until publication of that information by the DfE during the academic year 2017/18.

Why are some qualifications awaiting approval for 2019?

We are currently working collaboratively with the DfE to ensure these Ofqual approved qualifications provide the greatest amount of clarity and detail to best support your delivery. We will hear about these in August and will keep you updated every step of the way, but the Qualification Specification and assessment are unlikely to change.

When will the qualifications awaiting approved be approved?

The final update of the DfE 2019 Performance Tables: Technical and Applied Qualifications publication will be available in August 2017. We'll keep you updated. To support your curriculum planning for the next academic year, we're also requesting and extension of our existing specifications.

When can teaching start for qualifications currently awaiting approved?

When approved, teaching on these qualifications begins in September 2017. The DfE will recognise performance on these qualifications for those pupils exiting their learning in 2019.

What support and resources are available for these qualifications?

A wide range of materials and webinars are available here to support delivery of V Cert qualifications. Further endorsed qualification support materials are also available through iAchieve.