Details of Year Two of Teaching Excellence Framework Published by DfE

You can read more on this story in the Department of Education’s press release here.

The Department for Education has confirmed the details of how higher education providers will be rated under the second year of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Year 2 Specification of the TEF has been published which set outs how the second trial year of the Teaching Excellence Framework will operate. This is due to be carried out early next year with the ratings set to be announced in May 2017.

The responses to the Teaching Excellence Framework: Year 2 – Technical Consultation have also been published and demonstrated strong overall support for the broad framework. However, a number of specific suggestions were also identified and a number have been incorporated into the final Year 2 Specification. These include:

  • Renaming the TEF ratings gold, silver and bronze to make them easier to understand
  • The introduction of an appeals process to allow providers to appeal their TEF outcome
  • Better protections to ensure providers who take large numbers of socially disadvantaged students are assessed fairly
  • Adjusting the list of possible examples for additional evidence, to better recognise positive outcomes such as entrepreneurship
  • Providers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also be able to participate in the TEF should they wish to

A review into the data sources for TEF metrics and research into the factors that affect highly skilled employment outcomes have also been published alongside the Year 2 Specification and the technical consultation response.

  • On 29th September 2016