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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Supporting young people with Cerebral Palsy

How do we improve support for children and young people with cerebral palsy? What kind of learning support is needed to help them become more independent young adults? These were some of the questions asked at a recent event attended by NOCN.

The fourth Annual Paces Seminar was provided by Paces which is a Sheffield-based specialist centre for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders, in partnership with Action Cerebral Palsy, a UK charity which works to improve outcomes for children and young people with cerebral palsies and their families.

The audience included parents of children with cerebral palsy, policy makers, educators and service delivery managers. The seminar brought together specialists in their respective fields, including staff from NOCN who presented recent findings from the educational charity’s innovative study programme ‘Pathways to Adulthood’.

The NOCN presentation was delivered by Jane Jones, Deputy MD/Director of Business Development and Thalia Sparke, Pathways to Adulthood Consultant. They introduced the Pathways programme which is designed to help young people with a range of learning/physical, disabilities/difficulties to become more independent through a structured approach, tailored to each individual with achievable and meaningful outcomes.

Pathways to Adulthood was recently run as a pilot programme over a year and in different contexts including residential settings, specialist schools and community work placements. Evidence collected included videos, interviews, and questionnaires, all of which showed it is effective in providing individualised programmes of support for young adults with a range of disabilities and difficulties, helping them achieve positive and measurable outcomes. The main messages from the NOCN presentation were:

  • Paces is offering Pathways to Adulthood this year to support learners with Cerebral Palsy
  • NOCN understands that learners are individuals and have to be regarded holistically
  • NOCN wants to help learners transition into adulthood and lead meaningful lives

Following the presentation there was considerable interest to learn more about Pathways to Adulthood. In order to meet this demand NOCN is providing three briefing sessions to explain the programme concept, structure, resources and outcomes for those who are interested in providing the programme. These events are as follows:

  • Manchester 14 November
  • Birmingham 21 November
  • Newcastle - 22 November

To attend one of these events, get in touch and register your interest by either emailing, use our contact form or call 0114 227 0500.