Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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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:

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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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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Results and Post Results Services

Guidance for centres and learners on the issuing of results through alternative arrangements in 2020/1 and information on the post-results services available.

How will results through alternative arrangements be issued?

For learners who are completing their qualifications through adaptations, centres must continue to claim for learner certification in line with the NOCN Registration and Certification Policy and Procedure. NOCN will issue any due certificates in line with its standard timescales.

For learners being awarded a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG), centres must consider whether they are required to have results in line with the national result days as there are seperate timescales which must be met to guarantee results before these dates. The national result days for 2021 are:

  • Tuesday 10th August for Level 3 and above qualifications.
  • Thursday 12th August for Level 2 and below qualifications.

My Centre does need results for the national result days (including Category B1 Qualifications):

Where centres require results in line with the national result days (this includes Category B1 qualifications), centres must have submitted a NOCN TAG Expression of Interest form to NOCN by Friday 16th July

The NOCN Teacher Assessed Grade Log (which is provided to centres following a review of their TAG Expression of Interest Form if TAGs are deemend in scope) must be submitted before Friday 23rd July.

NOCN intends to release all results to centres on or before Friday 6th August where these deadlines are met and the Centre has confirmed they do require results in line with the national result days. 

My Centre does not need results for the national result days:

Where this is the case, centres will have until Tuesday 17th August to submit the NOCN TAG Expression of Interest form to NOCN.

The NOCN Teacher Assessed Grade Log (which is provided to centres following a review of their TAG Expression of Interest Form if TAGs are deemend in scope) must be submitted before Tuesday 31st August

The release of results will be in line with NOCN's standard timescales following the completion of the required external quality assurance activities. 

In what format will results be released?

Results claimed through adaptations will be claimed by centres as standard. Centres will be able to continue exporting the required results data from Quartzweb as required.

For results issued through a Teacher Assessed Grade, NOCN will claim and issue any due certificate(s) on behalf of the Centre. The results will be displayed in the same way as results achieved as standard or through adaptations and therefore the same reporting functionality will be available for centres as normal.

What are the timescales for appeals?

Further information regarding appeals can be found within the NOCN Approach to Awarding in 2020/1 - Guidance for Centres document.

The timescales detailed within the NOCN Appeals Policy and Procedure will apply.

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