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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Bridgend College wins NOCN Award

Bridgend College has won an AoC Beacon Award for its work on mental health and wellbeing.

The college’s wellbeing strategy seeks to listen, involve and enable staff and students to adapt to the challenges of Covid. The whole college approach includes creating strategic partnerships with specialist providers across the whole spectrum of services, creating innovative responses to individual needs, and using data to guide on the impact the interventions are having.

Now in its 26th year, the AoC Beacon Awards showcase best practice and innovation in colleges. It is designed to promote the interdependence of colleges, businesses, and professional and voluntary organisations. The awards also highlight excellence and help share best practice across the sector.

Graham Hasting-Evans, NOCN Group’s Managing Director said: “Congratulations to Bridgend College for receiving their AoC Beacon Award. Bridgend College demonstrates a coherent mental health strategy that is impactful and effective in improving teaching and learning. It provides mental health support for both staff and students, which is key during these uncertain times.”

Mark White, Interim Chair of AoC’s Charitable Trust said: “The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them. This award recognises examples of the important work colleges are doing to support the mental health and wellbeing of their learners and staff, which is especially important at this very challenging time. The work of the winning college shows how they have successfully supported people in their local communities and demonstrated a coherent whole college mental health strategy.”

Overview of Project

• The college’s wellbeing strategy seeks to listen, involve and enable staff and students to respond and adapt to the challenges of Covid.
• The whole college approach includes creating strategic partnerships with specialist providers across the whole spectrum of services, creating innovative responses to individual needs and using data to guide on the impact the interventions are having.
• The impact of the interventions are measured through frequent staff and student surveys, combined with continuous dialogue and analysis of key data.