PEQF Next Steps

Our Policing Education Qualifications Framework Initial Entry Routes: Learning to date 2016 – 2019 report sets out the findings from forces across England and Wales as they set up learning programmes for police constables using the Policing Education and Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

The report outlines:

  • the modernised curriculum underpinning the education of the police constable
  • opportunities for flexible recruitment created by the new entry routes
  • the current position of implementation, including recommendations to review and revise learning and development infrastructure to support the new entry routes
  • the anticipated rate at which the service will transfer to the new entry routes
  • the measures in place for extended use of IPLDP during the period of transition
  • the impact of the new programmes on the diversity of new recruits
  • the latest information available on programme costs, abstraction and retention rates.

Although not all forces have implemented the new programmes yet, there are already a number of lessons learned and positive steps forward that we can take.

Many forces will have introduced the new programmes by the end of 2020. This is an excellent opportunity for forces to support each other and share not only resources but also best practice with each other and with the higher education institutions (HEIs) that are providing the final qualification.

These necessary reforms can only be achieved through collaboration across the entire police service. We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of the service who have demonstrated hard work and commitment to implementing the new entry programmes.

What are our next steps?

Based on the feedback we have received from force implementation teams and the student officers themselves, we've identified a number of lessons learned and steps forward that we can take. Here are our highlights:

  • We're going to make sure that all of the new entry routes support the Police Uplift Programme (PUP). Working closely with the PUP team, improving the HEI offering and aligning the national campaigns, selection and assessment processes and the education programmes taken by new recruits.
  • We'll continue to publicise and promote the new entry routes across the service to provide increased knowledge of them and ensure a greater understanding.
  • We'll address any concerns raised in response to the first two steps and will continue to develop our communications across the whole of policing.
  • We'll continue to take into account all feedback received from the service, disseminating and implementing good practice and lessons learned wherever possible.
  • We'll provide support for all forces throughout this period of transition, continuing to work with you to grow a shared understanding of key issues and focussing additional resource on supporting those forces with the greatest needs.
  • We're keeping diversity at the heart of recruitment by monitoring the impact of the new entry routes, maximising opportunities, developing a widening access programme and working to improve the quality of recorded data so we understand diversity in the service more.
  • We'll continue to develop new learning programmes and other initiatives in response to the changing needs of officers and staff.
  • We're developing improved support for tutors and a toolkit for new first-line managers.
  • There will be annual monitoring which will focus on what forces are doing to maintain the quality of their programmes to provide the desired outcomes for the forces and student officers.
  • We will follow individuals to explore the student officer experience in forces to evaluate the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) in order to improve delivery.
  • We will seek to minimise the risk to effective policing by limiting the extended use of Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and allowing for a change to the regulations from June 2022.
  • We plan to produce a follow up to this report in 2021, consolidating the evidence base around the use of the new entry routes.

More information about the PEQF and the new initial entry routes can be found on the College of Policing website and you can find out more about recognition of prior learning on the College's Professional Development site.

If you have any questions about the PEQF and the new initial entry routes, please email the PEQF team.

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