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Were Pink Floyd right when they famously sang “We don’t need no education”?

The double negative suggests not.  This new regular SGSA newsletter feature will try to bring clarity to the often confusing world of training and education within the sports and events sectors. 



This first article will cover the role of the Sector Skills Councils and the Regulators. Future articles will explain how other stakeholders and the sector fit together.



Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)

There are two SSC’s that are responsible for developing and owning the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for their sector or industry.  For spectator safety the Sector Skills Council is SkillsActive, who own the Spectator Safety suite of standards.


Skills for Security own the standards for the security industry which includes the new standards for security personnel working in the events industry.


The Regulators

Most people have heard of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) probably through having members of their families at school or in other education but they also have a role in our sector, where they regulate the awarding organisations and qualifications they provide – Ofqual and the training providers that deliver training to the employees - Ofsted.

What is Ofqual?

Ofqual was set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

They’re a non-ministerial Government department with jurisdiction in England and Northern Ireland.

What does Ofqual do?

Ofqual regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

They maintain standards and confidence in qualifications: GCSEs and A levels in England, and vocational qualifications in both England and Northern Ireland. They’re independent of Government and report directly to Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Ofqual’s Responsibilities

It is responsible for making sure that:

  • regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated
  • assessments and exams show what a student has achieved
  • people have confidence in the qualifications that they regulate
  • students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that they regulate

The following link is to a blog by Jeremy Benson the Executive Director for Vocational Qualifications at Ofqual, about changes to the QCF (Qualification and Curriculum Framework).


What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.

What does Ofsted do?

Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Every week, Ofsted carries out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publishes the results online. It helps providers that are not yet of good standard to improve, monitors their progress and shares with them the best practice it finds.

The Ofsted goal is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people.

Ofsted reports directly to Parliament it is independent and impartial.

Ofsted’s Responsibilities

It is responsible for:

  • inspecting maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
  • inspecting childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training
  • publishing reports of its findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
  • regulating a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people
  • reporting to policymakers on the effectiveness of these services

In our next article we will cover the role and responsibilities of the awarding organisations, training providers, verifier, assessors and trainers.