Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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Review of Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and Below

Ref : B20-80

Type : Amendment

Date : 23 November 2020

Review of Post-16 Qualifications at Level 3 and Below


You may be aware that the Department for Education is conducting a Review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below in England with the purpose of developing a streamlined technical qualifications system. As part of the Review, the Education and Skills Funding Agency will remove funding approval from qualifications with low and no enrolments.

The qualifications in scope for removal of ESFA funding approval are the qualifications included in:
a) 16 to 19 study programmes at level 3 and below
b) advanced learner loans at level 3 only
c) ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) at level 3 and below, including the legal
entitlements and local flexibility
d) European Social Fund (ESF) at level 3 and below

Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority will decide whether defunding of qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments will also apply in each devolved area.

No enrolments
ESFA funding approval will be removed from 1 August 2021 for qualifications with no enrolments.

The list of NOCN qualifications which will have funding approval removed can be seen attached.

Low enrolments
ESFA funding approval will be removed from 1 August 2022 for qualifications with low enrolments. We will inform centres when the list of NOCN qualifications which will have funding approval removed has been finalised.

Please note that the removal of ESFA funding approval is not the same as removal of regulated status. The qualifications will remain available as regulated qualifications unless we have reason to withdraw them, such as if there is insufficient demand.

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