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From QCA to QCDA

Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our transformation from QCA to QCDA.

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has passed successfully through Parliament and has received Royal Assent.

This legislation, which became an Act of Parliament on 12th November 2009, enshrines in law the establishment of QCDA to carry out its new role as a modern and collaborative development agency, as well as creating Ofqual as an independent regulatory organisation. We now enter the final stage in our progress towards formally becoming QCDA, which is expected to be complete by 1 April 2010.

Andrew Hall, Chief Executive, QCDA says: "QCDA will now be far freer to be a real force for innovation in education using a combination of experience, intuition and evidence to influence and implement Ministerial policy with the curriculum remaining at the heart of what we do."
"I want to take this opportunity to wish our colleagues in Ofqual every success as they deliver their new role as an independent regulator." 

Editors' Notes

For further information please contact Antony Cash at QCDA press office on 07545 423 062 or email

About QCDA

QCDA is the government agency for the development of curriculum, delivery of assessments and reform of qualifications. We work with the education, skills and business communities to develop effective and innovative ways to help children and adults to progress, achieve their full potential and to demonstrate that achievement to others.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is currently operating certain of its non-regulatory functions under the name Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA). The legal entity remains QCA, established under the Education Act 1997. QCA is an exempted charity under the Charities Act 1993.

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