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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Pathways to Adulthood Briefing Events

How do we help young people with learning or physical, disabilities or difficulties to live more independently?

Pathways to Adulthood is a structured study programme of tailored support from NOCN. It provides a framework for staff to build individual programmes that will enable young people to develop the necessary skills for their adult lives. The aim of these briefing events is to introduce the programme to organisations interested in offering the programme to service users.

The events will be of interest to:

  • Local Authority staff with responsibility for SEND
  • Managers, teachers, trainers and support staff
  • Providers of supported internships
  • Managers and staff in social care

You will learn about:

  • Rationale for developing the programme
  • SEND reforms including Preparing for Adulthood
  • The funding of study programmes
  • The benefits of the study programme
  • The structure of the study programme
  • Implementing the programme through RARPA
  • NOCN’s external verification procedures
  • Ofsted’s views on study programmes

Participants will have the opportunity to view the contents of the programme Resource Pack and hear about NOCN’s support network for programme providers.

These exclusive events are free and light refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements or would like further information, email: or call 0114 227 0500.


Click a link to register for these events: