Doing what’s right, not what’s easy

Staying home during this burst of spring weather is an essential measure as the country tackles the coronavirus crisis. We all know it’s the right thing to do, even though it can feel counterintuitive. It requires discipline, purpose and determination.

 By Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales 

The strong current messaging around spring sunshine and staying indoors is a sharp reminder that doing what’s right is not always easy. Nevertheless, when the stakes are high, it is crucial for the greater good. 

For a qualifications regulator, these are testing times. We now have more clarity on the way forward, especially for GCSE, AS and A level learners who had expected to sit exams this summer. However, frustration will be growing for large numbers of learners aiming for vocational qualifications, and quite rightly, their education leaders are keeping close tabs on any news of progress.  

In my most recent  blog, I explained why the UK-wide vocational qualifications landscape is remarkably complex, requiring bespoke solutions rather than ‘one size fits all’.  

This is a wide-ranging set of qualifications which are fundamental for industry. They are far too important to risk. 

At this point, the easy thing to do would be to fill the gap with quick answers. For a short time that might provide some comfort as a sticking plaster. But quite clearly that would not be the right thing to do. 

Offering a plan which is not fully thought-through would only trigger more questions and - worse - could cause confusion and more frustration. That is the very last thing anxious learners or education professionals need as they wonder how all the hard work will pay off. 

We continue to work flat out with awarding bodies, fellow regulators and governments across the UK on this important quest. 

The clarity we all need will follow. For now, we must do the right thing with discipline, purpose and determination. Thank you to everyone who is supporting us by understanding. 

Published 6 April 2020