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 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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Community Circus benefits from NOCN grant

NOCN is delighted to support Greentop Community Circus Centre of Sheffield, which is based within an economically disadvantaged area of the City and is running a community project to engage with children from the local Roma-Slovac community.

The initiative uses a 'social circus' approach to inspire children and young people, breaking down barriers and encouraging new and creative ways to work and learn.

Research shows that learning circus skills, such as juggling, trapeze or stilt walking, can improve fitness, mental wellbeing, numeracy and literacy, and communication skills as well as team working and problem solving.

NOCN provided a £4500 grant to the project as part of its EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) charitable giving programme to improve learning engagement and create opportunities for members of the Roma-Slovac community.

The project culminated in a show at the Greentop Community Circus Centre in Grimesthorpe, which was a resounding success, with an audience that included friends, family, circus fans and members of the local community, with coverage in the local media.

"We are happy to support this good cause which is doing great work in the local community. Often the barriers to learning are not necessarily educational but social - so by getting these young people to try new things, take risks in a safe environment and work creatively with others, we hope the experience helps them to be happier, more confident and to take the chance to learn new skills." said James Harkness of NOCN.

You can see a short video of the project here:

Find out more about NOCN’s commitment to EDI.