Reviewing Diploma development

The DCSF had responsibility for the 14-19 reform programme in which development of Diplomas sat.

The QCA had the national remit to develop the national qualifications infrastructure and regulate qualifications added to it. The project was part of the wider evaluation framework on Diplomas and focused on the new approach that had been in place for developing the qualifications.

The aims of this study were twofold:

  • to provide an understanding of how Diploma specifications had been developed and the connections between development processes and development outcomes; and
  • to develop recommendations for the ongoing work on Diplomas in the second, third, and subsequent phases.

The main tasks included case studies of all Diploma Development Partnerships (DDP), interviews with other stakeholders within the DDPs and across other agencies and groups, and a validation exercise to assess the coherence between the content and aims of the phase 1 Diplomas. The aim was to develop a better understanding of the ways in which aims and contents of Diplomas were connected.

To download a copy of the research report click here.

Funded by the Department for Children, Schools, and Families (DCSF) in collaboration with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), this project was led by Geoff Hayward and Hubert Ertl in collaboration with Cathy Stasz.