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Qualification Success Rates 2013/14

The Skills Funding Agency have today announced their strategy for calculating success rates and the publication of the QSR for 2013/14.

Most things remain the same with the QSR being published separately for all funding provision types, that is, Classroom, Work Placed and Apprenticeships, however there is a change to the methodology used – for the first time the same overall methodology will used for all provision types. 

Overall and timely success rate methodologies have been used in Work Placed learning and Apprenticeships for some time with the overall method being the primary measure.  In our experience however some inspectors are turning their attention to timely success.

Classroom provision has traditionally used a success rate methodology based on the ‘Planned End Year’ however for 2013/14 they will be calculated using the same methods as traditional work based learning.

The Skills Funding Agency has confirmed in the announcement that they expect that the change in the methodology will have minimal impact. 

For Classroom provision it is unclear how ‘Continuing’ learners will be treated – we do anticipate that any ‘Continuing’ learners who are 90 days or more beyond their planned end date will be considered as unsuccessful from a Timely perspective but still included in the Overall success calculations when they achieve.  Presently for Classroom provision learners with a ‘Continuing’ status after their Planned End date are classed as a non-achiever. 

If the rules are applied as they stand, then Classroom provision will be based on the ‘Hybrid Year’ - being the academic year learners complete not the academic year they are planned to complete.  For most this will be based on their Planned End Year as courses start and end based on the planned dates, but it does give rise to 2 questions, which we can only answer when the calculation methodology is published:

  1. Does this give Providers the opportunity to leave the learners with a ‘continuing’ status to remove them from the primary measure, Overall success?  Although they will still count as a Timely non-success; and,
  1. Does it mean that qualifications in which the learners don’t complete until after their planned end date are regarded as untimely success?

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