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Qualifications Wales Act 2015

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

Note: Meeting Agenda can change at short notice. Particularly where future meeting dates are indicated more than a week in advance. Please check before planning to attend a Committee Meeting that the item you are interested in has not been moved.

Meeting: 16/09/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills - Grant-in-Aid allocation letter to Qualifications Wales

CYPE(4)-21-15 - Paper to note 11

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 16/09/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills - Establishment of Qualifications Wales

CYPE(4)-21-15 - Paper to note 6

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 24/06/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Letter from the Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee

CYPE(4)-18-15 – Paper to note 1

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 16/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Stage 4 Debate on the Qualifications Wales Bill

At the conclusion of Stage 3 the Minister may with the agreement of the Presiding Officer propose that the Bill be passed in accordance with Standing Order 26.48.

 

Stage 4 Standing Order 26.48 motion to approve the Qualifications Wales Bill.

 

Supporting Documents
Qualifications Wales Bill
Explanatory Memorandum

 

Decision:

The item started at 17.04

 

Stage 4 Standing Order 26.48 motion to approve the Qualifications Wales Bill.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 16/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Stage 3 Debate on the Qualifications Wales Bill

In accordance with Standing Order 26.36, amendments will be disposed of in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

 

The amendments have been grouped for the purposes of debate and the groupings will be debated as follows:

 

1. Transparency and strengthening of provisions

36, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 29

 

2: Principal aims of Qualifications Wales

2, 45

 

3: Drafting and textual matters

3, 37, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 1

 

4: Recognition of Awarding Bodies

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

 

5: Awarding of approved qualifications

12, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 23, 35

 

6: Commercial activities and charging fees

41, 42, 26, 43

 

7: Apprenticeships: Issuing Authorities

46, 44

 

8: Subordinate legislation

32

 

9: Consequential amendments to other legislation

38, 39, 40

 

Supporting Documents

Qualifications Wales Bill

Explanatory Memorandum

Marshalled List of Amendments

Grouping of Amendments

 

Decision:

The item started at 15.41

 

In accordance with Standing Order 26.36, amendments will be disposed of in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

 

Amendment 36 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 2 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

A vote was taken on Amendment 45:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amendment was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 4 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 5 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 6 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 7 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 8 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 9 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 10 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 11 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 37 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 12 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 13 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 14 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 15 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 16 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 17 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 18:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

9

0

48

Amendment 18 was agreed.

 

Amendment 19 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 20 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 21 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 22 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 23 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 24 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 41:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amendment was not agreed.

 

Amendment 42 was not moved.

 

Amendment 25 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 26 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 27 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 28:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

9

0

48

Amendment 28 was agreed.

 

Amendment 29 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 43:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

24

47

Amendment 43 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 30 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 31:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

9

0

48

Amendment 31 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 46:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amendment was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 32:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

15

48

Amendment 32 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 33:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

10

48

Amendment 33 was agreed.

 

Amendment 34 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 35 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 38 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 39 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 40 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

Amendment 1 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 44:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amendment was not agreed.

 

All sections and schedules of the Bill were deemed agreed, concluding Stage 3 proceedings.

 

In accordance with Standing Order 26.48, the Deputy Presiding Office agreed for a motion without notice to be moved for Stage 4 debate of the Qualifications Wales Bill.


Meeting: 09/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 7.)

Stage 3 Debate on the Qualifications Wales Bill - Postponed to 16 June 2015

Decision:

Dechreuodd yr eitem am 16.38


Meeting: 02/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 12.)

Motion under Standing Order 26.36 to vary the Order of Consideration of Stage 3 amendments to The Qualifications Wales Bill

NDM5770 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with Standing Order 26.36:

Agrees to dispose of sections and schedules to the Qualifications Wales Bill at Stage 3 in the following order:

a) section 2

b) schedules 1 and 2

c) sections 3 - 11

d) schedule 3

e) sections 12 -57

f) Schedule 4

g) sections 58 - 60

h) section 1

i) Long title

 

Decision:

The item started at 17.38


NDM5770 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with Standing Order 26.36:

Agrees to dispose of sections and schedules to the Qualifications Wales Bill at Stage 3 in the following order:

a) section 2

b) schedules 1 and 2

c) sections 3 - 11

d) schedule 3

e) sections 12 -57

f) Schedule 4

g) sections 58 - 60

h) section 1

i) Long title

 

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 11/05/2015 - Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 5)

Update - Qualifications Wales Bill

CLA(4)-12-15 – Paper 15 – Children, Young People and Education Committee: Consultation Letter

CLA(4)-12-15 – Paper 16 – Background paper

CLA(4)-12-15 – Paper 16 – Annex

 

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 30/04/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Stage 2: Consideration of Amendments

Papers:        Marshalled list of Amendments
                   Grouping of Amendments

                   Voting Order

 

In accordance with Standing Order 26.21 the Committee will dispose of amendments to the Qualifications Wales Bill in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chair said that the Committee would consider the amendments in the order in which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

The Committee disposed of the following amendments:

Section 1

Amendment - 13 Huw Lewis

For

Against

Abstain

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

5

 

5

Amendment 13 was agreed

 

Amendment 14 (Huw Lewis) was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 17.34(i).

 

Amendment 15 - Huw Lewis

For

Against

Abstain

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

5

 

5

Amendment 15 was agreed

 

Amendment 16 (Huw Lewis) was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 17.34(i).

 

 

 

Amendment 58 – Simon Thomas

For

Against

Abstain

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

5

5

0

As there was a tied vote, the Chair’s casting vote was applied in the negative, in accordance with Standing Order 6.20(ii).  Therefore, Amendment 58 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 59 – Simon Thomas

For

Against

Abstain

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

5

5

0

As there was a tied vote, the Chair’s casting vote was applied in the negative, in accordance with Standing Order 6.20(ii).  Therefore, Amendment 59 was not agreed.

 

Section 2: No amendments were tabled to this section, therefore this section was deemed agreed.

 

Section 3

Amendment 56 – Simon Thomas

For

Against

Abstain

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

5

5

0

As there was a tied vote, the Chair’s casting vote was applied in the negative, in accordance with Standing Order 6.20(ii).  Therefore, Amendment 56 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 57 – Simon Thomas

For

Against

Abstain

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

5

5

0

As there was a tied vote, the Chair’s casting vote was applied in the negative, in accordance with Standing Order 6.20(ii).  Therefore, Amendment 57 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 17 (Huw Lewis) was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 17.34(i).

 

New Section

Amendment 62 – Aled Roberts

For

Against

Abstain

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

5

5

0

As there was a tied vote, the Chair’s casting vote was applied in the negative, in accordance with Standing Order 6.20(ii).  Therefore, Amendment 62 was not agreed.

 

Section 4

Amendment 18 - Huw Lewis

For

Against

Abstain

Jeff Cuthbert

Keith Davies

David Rees

Joyce Watson

Ann Jones

 

Paul Davies

Suzy Davies

Simon Thomas

Bethan Jenkins

Aled Roberts

5

 

5

Amendment 18 was agreed

 

Sections 5 – 7: No amendments were tabled to these sections, therefore these sections  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2


Meeting: 27/04/2015 - Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 6)

Oral Item - Stage 2 Qualifications Wales Bill

No paper


Meeting: 26/03/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills - Appointment of new Chair of Qualifications Wales' Shadow Board

CYPE(4)-10-15 – Paper to note 3

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 24/03/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 9.)

Motion to agree the financial resolution on the Qualifications Wales Bill

NDM5730 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, for the purposes of any provisions resulting from the Qualifications Wales Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Standing Order 26.69, arising in consequence of the Bill.

 

Decision:

The item started at 17.34

NDM5730 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, for the purposes of any provisions resulting from the Qualifications Wales Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Standing Order 26.69, arising in consequence of the Bill.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 24/03/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 8.)

Debate on the General Principles of the Qualifications Wales Bill

NDM5729 Huw Lewis (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with Standing Order 26.11:

Agrees to the general principles of the Qualifications Wales Bill.

The Qualifications Wales Bill and Explanatory Memorandum were laid before the Assembly on 1 December 2014; the report of Children Young People and Education Committee on the Qualifications Wales Bill was laid before the Assembly on 13 March 2015.

Supporting Documents

Qualifications Wales Bill

Explanatory Memorandum

Report of the Children, Young People and Education Committee

Report of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.55

NDM5729 Huw Lewis (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with Standing Order 26.11:

Agrees to the general principles of the Qualifications Wales Bill.

The Qualifications Wales Bill and Explanatory Memorandum were laid before the Assembly on 1 December 2014; the report of Children Young People and Education Committee on the Qualifications Wales Bill was laid before the Assembly on 13 March 2015.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 04/03/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills following his attendance at the meeting on 5 February

CYPE(4)-07-15 – Paper to note 1

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 04/03/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 5)

5 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills to the Chair of the Finance Committee following the Finance Committee meeting on 21 January

CYPE(4)-07-15 – Paper to note 2

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 02/03/2015 - Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 7)

Draft Report on the Qualifications Wales Bill

CLA(4)-06-15 – Paper 12 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 11/02/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills - Qualification Wales Bill

CYPE(4)-05-15 – Paper to note 2

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 05/02/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Finance Committee to the Minister for Education and Skills - Qualifications Wales Bill

CYPE(4)-04-15 – Paper to note 4

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 05/02/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 7

Welsh Government

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills

Catherine Lloyd, Lawyer - Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Siwan Daniel, Lawyer - Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Alison Standfast, Deputy Director - Qualifications Wales Transition

Cassy Taylor,  Head of Qualifications Wales - Transition Branch

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Skills.  The Minister agreed to provide a note on:

 

The number of schools in border areas that buy in qualifications from English exam boards.

 

The degree of control that local authorities have on foundation schools (previously grant maintained) in border areas. 

 

How the current Legislation and the Qualifications Wales Bill will interact on apprenticeships.

 

The financial impact of the establishment of Qualifications Wales on the rest of the Education and Skills budget.


Meeting: 28/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 6

Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW)

CYPE(4)-03-15 – Paper 1

CYPE(4)-03-15 – Paper 2

 

Stephen Wright, Chief Executive - Federation of Awarding Bodies
Jeff Protheroe, Operations Manager – National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from the Federation of Awarding Bodies and the National Training Federation of Wales.


Meeting: 26/01/2015 - Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Evidence in relation to the Qualifications Wales Bill

(Indicative time 1.30pm)

 

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills

 

CLA(4)-03-15 - Paper 1 – Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills

CLA(4)-03-15 – Paper 2 – Statement of Policy Intent

CLA(4)-03-15 – Legal Advice Note

CLA(4)-03-15 – Research Service Briefing

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received from the Minister for Education and Skills.


Meeting: 22/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 3)

3 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 5

Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) and Edexcel (Pearson)

CYPE(4)-02-15 – Paper 3

CYPE(4)-02-15 – Paper 4

CYPE(4)-02-15 – Paper 5

 

Justin Edwards, Chief Executive – CCEA

Anne-Marie Duffy, Director of Qualifications - CCEA

Paul McGlade, National Manager Ireland and Wales – OCR

Derek Richardson, Director - Qualifications Development & Assessment for Pearson Qualification Services – Edexcel

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from CCEA, OCR and Edexcel.


Meeting: 22/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 4

Universities Wales and ColegauCymru

CYPE(4)-02-15 – Paper 1
CYPE(4)-02-15 – Paper 2

 

Professor John Grattan, Chair of the Universities Wales Learning and Teaching Advisory Group, and Pro Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University

Amanda Wilkinson, Director - Universities Wales

Greg Walker, Chief Executive – ColegauCymru

Jim Bennett, Principal – Coleg Gwent

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from Universities Wales and ColegauCymru.

 

ColegauCymru agreed to provide a note on relative fee levels experienced in comparison to Northern Ireland and Scotland


Meeting: 21/01/2015 - Finance Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 8)

8 Initial Consideration of Qualifications (Wales) Bill

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1     The Committee considered the financial implications of the Qualifications (Wales) Bill.


Meeting: 14/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 4)

4 Qualifications Wales Bill - Additional information from the Minister following the meeting on 11 December

CYPE(4)-01-15 – Paper to note 6

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 3)

3 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 3

NAHT and ASCL

CYPE(4)-01-15 – Paper 2

CYPE(4)-01-15 – Paper 3

 

Robin Hughes, Secretary - ASCL Cymru

Chris Howard, Acting Director - NAHT

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from the ASCL and NAHT.  They agreed to provide examples of other countries’ scrutiny procedures of independent regulators of qualifications.


Meeting: 14/01/2015 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence session 2

WJEC

CYPE(4)-01-15 – Paper 1

 

Gareth Pierce, Chief Executive

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from the WJEC.


Meeting: 11/12/2014 - Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fourth Assembly (Item 2)

2 Qualifications Wales Bill - Evidence Session 1

Welsh Government

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills

Catherine Lloyd, Lawyer, Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Siwan Daniel, Lawyer, Education (Schools) and Welsh Language Team

Alison Standfast, Deputy Director, Qualifications Wales Transition

Cassy Taylor, Head of Qualifications Wales - Transition Branch

Supporting documents:

  • Research Brief

Minutes:

The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Skills.  The Minister agreed to provide the following:

 

A note detailing the process by which the WJEC was selected to deliver the Welsh Baccalaureate.


Meeting: 02/12/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 3.)

Statement by the Minister for Education and Skills: Introduction of the Qualifications Wales Bill

Decision:

The item started at 14.53

 


 

 

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