Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) Axed By Education Secretary Michael Gove

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 17:17 GMT Jump to Comments

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided to axe the second education quango to be based in Coventry. In a letter to the QCDA Chair Christopher Trinick, Mr. Gove informed him of the government's plan to bring in legislation this autumn to abolish the quango.

In the letter, Gove argues that curriculum setting should rightly be exclusively vested in awarding bodies and the Government and its agencies must not have a role in defining curriculum.

Following the decision to abolish Becta, this is the second education quango axed by the new Conservative - Liberal Democrat Government this week. Following the Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge last summer to remove it, the abolition was not unexpected.


The Quango would continue to do some work especially in administration of Sats tests for pupils for the time being but the Education Secretary made it clear that he wants the QCDA out of curriculum development.

"In other areas, notably qualifications development and the curriculum, I would want the QCDA to withdraw as soon and as far as is practicable, and continue with activities only where it is necessary in order to comply with a statutory duty or where I am clear that not to do so would jeopardise the interests of learners." wrote Mr. Gove in his letter.

Comments

Latest

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are more likely to employ low skilled workers and others from disadvantaged…

Scientists have discovered four species of Brazilian insect where the female possesses a penis and the males possess…

Stimulating the spine with an electrical current during physical therapy could in the future help people paralysed…

An Earth-sized planet has been found in the habitable zone of its star for the first time, according to sensational…

HC2014

Middle-aged people who experienced bullying in childhood and early adolescence disproportionately report suicidal…

An organic soil frozen at the bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been discovered after 2.7 million years, offering…

This year's annual education conference from UK teachers' union NASUWT is set to pull apart four years of Michael…

The government favours potentially ineffective regulation of shale gas extraction over a real exploration of its…

HC2014

A breast cancer sub-type which is notoriously hard to detect has now been specifically associated with a genetic variant.

The Science Capital Birmingham event brings data and business experts together to discuss exploiting the commercial…

A new form of MRI scan that can show ‘brown fat’ in a living person could help in the development…

A severe eye infection called microbial keratitis can be caused by bacteria that survive for four hours in lens solution.