Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Criteria for qualifications
Specifications developed by awarding organisations have to meet these criteria in order to be accredited onto the National Qualifications Framework as being appropriate for delivering to learners.
GCSE and GCE subject criteria explain the general aims of studying a particular subject at that level and outline the essential knowledge skills and understanding that is required. They also stipulate the structure of the qualification and its assessment and grading. For some qualifications, specific subject criteria have been developed to ensure consistency between awarding organisations. The Criteria for GCSE qualifications, as well as some specific subject criteria, are available to download below.
In England, the Westminster Government has required Ofqual (qualifications regulator in England) to implement changes to the criteria for GCSEs for teaching from September 2012. These changes include making all assessment for GCSE qualifications to be taken at the end of the course, and the introduction of additional marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in some subjects.
In Wales, these changes will be considered as part of the Review of Qualifications, with a view to implementing any changes, informed by evidence, from September 2014 at the earliest. For now, awarding organisations may continue to offer assessment for GCSE modules throughout the course – and may offer resits for these modules, subject to the existing 40% terminal rule. Not all awarding organisations will continue to offer this facility – centres should contact their awarding organisations to confirm the qualifications that are available to them.