We understand that your delivery and assessment methods may have had to change and you might be encountering specific challenges while navigating this new way of working. We are here to help.
From this Thursday, we will be offering fortnightly online drop-in sessions to provide you with ongoing support with your delivery and assessment. These sessions will be interactive and will give you the chance to talk directly to our friendly and experienced team about any assessment or delivery questions you might have.
When: Thursday 21 January 2021 Where: Zoom Time: 13:00 to 14:30
Follow the link below to drop in to the session next week. There’s no need to book, just pop in as and when you like!
Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021
The Department for Education and Ofqual have today launched a joint consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of vocational and technical qualifications in 2021.
As this is a consultation, the final content is subject to change.However, it does give an indication of the likely process for the award of vocational and technical qualifications through 2021.
Ofqual, CCEA and Qualifications Wales already have the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (EERF) in place, which allows Centres to adapt the delivery and assessment of qualifications in line with the guidance provided by Awarding Organisations.
The additional measures in today’s consultation are likely to apply to qualifications that allowed calculated grades (otherwise known as Centre Assessment Grades or CAGs) in summer 2020. These additional measures will not apply to qualifications that may be used to demonstrate occupational competence or qualifications that demonstrate practical skills.
These proposed measures allow for Centres to use available evidence to assess students’final grades. It is proposed that each Awarding Organisation set a minimum threshold of evidence that must be achieved in order for a qualification to be awarded.
Unlike 2020, Centres are strongly encouraged to keep teaching and assessing as far as possible.We will continue to keep Centres updated with timely guidance as and when we receive it.
11 January 2021
Helpful FAQ’s to support you
We remain committed to providing our customers with dedicated support and guidance during this period of uncertainty. Our team have pulled together some answers to common questions we are being asked. We hope you find them useful but if you need support contact our Customer Support Team.
When will more information be available?
We cannot say for certain what the timeline will be. We are expect Ofqual to release a consultation on the 15 January 2021. Once we have further information we will share this with Centres.
Will we able to estimate/calculate a grade?
A decision regarding whether or not Vocational and Technical Qualifications will be eligible for Centre assessed grades has not yet been decided by Ofqual.
Are assessment variations/adaptions allowed?
Under the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (EERF) you are able to request an adaption to the assessment method. To submit a Variation to Assessment request, please download the form from the resource section on the COVID-19 Hub. All requests will be responded to within five working days.
What should I do if I have a moderation visit due?
You do not need to do anything at this stage. We have postponed all face-to-face moderation visits and we will continue to undertake moderations remotely.
Are we able to extend course end dates?
Yes, we are happy to accommodate this where appropriate. Please contact a member of our Customer Support Team on 0115 854 1620 who will be happy to assist.
Are you still open for business?
Our offices remain open, although some staff members are working remotely our Customer Support Team are still available to provide advice and support as usual. To speak to a member of the team please call 0115 854 1620 or email us.
Will there be a delay in receiving certificates?
We are continuing to certificate submitted and verified claims as usual. We currently certificate through our e-certification platform and printed certificates.
Can I still register to become a Centre?
Yes, please contact our Centre Recognition Team on 0115 854 1672. They will be able to help you through the process of becoming a Centre. Our Relationship Management Team are also happy to meet to discuss your needs. To arrange an online conference call contact us on 0115 854 1620.
7 January 2021
Assessment of Skills and Education Group Awards qualifications
Ofqual is currently working at pace with the Department for Education on proposals for the arrangements regarding the assessment of Vocational Qualifications following the announcement by the Secretary of the State for Education on the 6 January.
It is expected that consultations with Awarding Organisations will commence this week (11 January) on proposals to enable results to be awarded to learners who are due to take assessments this year.
For Vocational and Technical Qualifications’ (VTQs) the approach is likely to build on the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) and the Extended ERF which gave us the flexibility to successfully award thousands of certificates during 2020. The approach will, however, recognise the different circumstances around the current lockdown, and how far Awarding Organisations and the sector have already progressed in implementing adaptions.
5 January 2021
Further COVID-19 measures announced
On 4 January 2021 further national restrictions were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. It was also confirmed by the government that exams will not go ahead this summer. We are awaiting further information as to how this may impact the delivery of vocational qualifications.
In the meantime, the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (EERF) is in place and is designed to support you through the 2020/21 academic year. This framework allows adaptions to be made to the delivery and assessment of our qualifications. You can find further guidance on individual qualification pages on our website. Please note not all qualifications will have specific guidance. To submit adaptions, you must complete and return this form. We aim to respond to all requests within five working days.
We are awaiting additional guidance from the regulators. Should you have any feedback, or suggestions relating to last summer’s assessment arrangements we would encourage you to share it with us via email.
We remain committed to providing you with the support you need in the delivery of our qualifications. To ensure you remain updated, we will be launching a dedicated COVID-19 Hub on our website early next week. We will use the Hub to share updates, and any relevant documents that you may need over the coming weeks and months.
We would also ask that you ensure that your key contact details are up to date for your Centre. If you need to make changes please contact our Customer Support Team on 0115 854 1620.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Relationship Manager or our Customer Support Team.
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