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Friday, 1 March 2013

Standards colloquium

I attended a "standards colloquium" in the Grand Central Hotel, in Glasgow, yesterday. It was a full day event and this is a busy time of the year for me and my team but it was time well spent. These events are great for giving you a broader perspective on education.

There were some top notch speakers at the event, including the Director of Qualifications from Ofqual, the body responsible for standards in England. There was also an interesting talk from Aileen Ponton, the CEO of SCQF, about qualification frameworks throughout the world. Rob van Krieken, of SQA, gave a talk about how SQA tries to monitor the standards of qualifications over time, to ensure comparability of standards.

I learnt a lot from the event, particularly about international developments in qualification frameworks, which Aileen described as "an international phenomenon", and how SCQF compares to other frameworks, particularly the European Qualification Framework (EQF).


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