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Higher Education: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN 290663, tabled on 25 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) NUS, (ii) UCU and (iii) UUK and (iv) other representative HE groupings on the implications for the sector of his letter to the Office for Students asking for subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) results in 2021.

Answered on

30 September 2019

The department regularly discusses the ongoing development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) with the Office for Students (OfS). We expect the OfS to consider the implementation of the TEF in light of the report of the independent review of TEF by Dame Shirley Pearce, as well as the government’s response. We intend to lay Dame Shirley’s report before Parliament and publish it alongside the government’s response as soon as possible.

The department’s analysts provided Dame Shirley and her advisory group background information and analytical support. This will be published as part of the supporting evidence base, which will be presented as appendices to her report.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and his officials have not discussed the paragraphs on the TEF in the strategic guidance letter to the OfS with representative groups from the HE sectors. Discussions of this type would not normally be held with these groups in advance of issuing guidance.

The department provides grants to the OfS for the development and delivery of the TEF. Further discussions will be held with the OfS on estimating costs in future years when planning for the implementation of the TEF. This will take into account that the recommendations in the report of the independent review are clear.

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