Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework: Lessons from other sectors

By Louisa Darian.
Towards the end of last year, the Government set out plans for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the green paper.
In the first year, 2017/18, higher education institutions who have met or exceeded Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) expectations in their last review will be granted a level-one award, with the option to apply for higher-level awards from year two onwards.
Assessment will involve a review of metrics and wider evidenceby a panel. Depending on the level awarded, institutions will be able to increase their fees above the cap at differentiated rates but not exceeding a real terms increase. The objectives are threefold: to recognise, and promote, teaching excellence and to inform choice.


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