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      Internal versus external assessment in vocational qualifications: A commentary on the government's reforms in England

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            The distinction between external assessment and internal assessment underpins a major reform to vocational qualifications underway in England. To be approved by the Department for Education, vocational qualifications must now include a minimum proportion of external assessment, regardless of subject. This paper discusses the nature and implications of this constraint on qualification design. First, it clarifies the meaning of external assessment and the key arguments underpinning the reform. Second, it evaluates the use and implementation of this blanket rule. The final section discusses the nature of internal assessment in more detail, highlighting its heterogeneity and potential advantages over external assessment.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            UCL IOE Press
            1474-8460
            15 November 2017
            : 15
            : 3
            : 536-548
            Article
            1474-8460(20171115)15:3L.536;1- s14.phd /ioep/clre/2017/00000015/00000003/art00014
            10.18546/LRE.15.3.14
            a6d2ab7d-08a1-4630-83a9-5c0c9a00e5dd
            Copyright @ 2017
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            TECHNICAL EDUCATION,VOCATIONAL EDUCATION,GOVERNMENTAL REFORMS,QUALIFICATIONS,EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT,VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

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