These resources are from the archives of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) which maintained and developed the National Curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations, advising the Secretary of State for Education on these matters. In May 2010, the Secretary of State announced his intention to promote legislation that would abolish QCDA.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics was introduced into England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a nationwide curriculum for primary and secondary state schools following the Education Reform Act 1988. The National Curriculum went hand in hand with the development of national tests, SATs, at the end of the Key Stages. This development eventually came under the remit of the QCDA.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCDA's predecessor) was formed on 1 October 1997 through a merger of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) and the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA). The National Assessment Agency (NAA) took over the role of the delivery and administration of National Curriculum assessments from QCA in 2003.
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