Department for Education: live consultations of all current consultation exercises being conducted by the Department for Education.en-gb© Crown copyright. for Education Notifications of private fostering arrangements in England index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2013&external=no Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2013&external=no Special guardianship review <p>We are seeking views about the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2011&external=no Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2011&external=no Reformed GCSE and A level subject content consultation <p><strong>About this consultation</strong></p> <p>The Government is reforming GCSEs and A levels to ensure that they better prepare students for further and higher education, and for employment. GCSEs are being reformed so that they set expectations which match those of the highest performing countries. The new A levels will be linear qualifications that ensure that students are better prepared to progress to undergraduate study.</p> <p>Reforms to GCSE and A level qualifications are already underway. New GCSEs, AS and A levels will start to be taught from September 2015 in some subjects, and further subjects will be taught from September 2016. Revised content for these subjects has been published by the department.</p> <p>Content is now being developed for a further set of GCSEs, AS and A levels to be taught from 2017. This consultation seeks views on draft content for some of the GCSE, AS and A level subjects to be taught from 2017, specifically:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>GCSEs in astronomy, business, economics, engineering, geology, psychology and sociology</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>AS and A level accounting, design and technology, environmental science, history of art, music technology and philosophy.</li> </ul> </ul> <p>Awarding organisations are continuing work to develop the content for the remaining subjects, and an additional consultation will be published this autumn.</p> <p>There is also a <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">separate consultation currently open</span></a> on content for design and technology GCSE, which is another subject that will be taught from 2017.</p> <p>The proposed subject content requirements are designed to become regulatory documents, which set out the minimum knowledge, understanding and skills needed for GCSE and A level qualifications. They provide the framework for awarding organisations to create the detail of qualification specifications.</p> <p>Whilst responsibility for specifying the subject content of GCSEs and A levels lies with the Department for Education (DfE), responsibility for determining the assessment arrangements lies with Ofqual, the independent regulator. Ofqual is therefore consulting in parallel on GCSE and A level assessment arrangements for these subjects, including the assessment objectives. In order to understand how students will be expected to engage with these subjects it is important to consider both the content and the assessment objectives. Ofqual&rsquo;s consultation can be found <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">here</span></a>.</p> <p>We would like to hear your views on our proposals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2009&external=no Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=2009&external=no