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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Sector Statements

NOCN remains cognisant of the developing national picture. We are determined to provide the best ongoing support whilst also retaining the quality standards we believe in.

We would like to draw your attention to the following controls and mitigations that we currently allow.

Early Years Qualifications
Health and Social Care Qualifications
Food Safety
Security Licence-Linked Qualifications
Forest School

NOCN is encouraging centres to plan and make use of blended learning opportunities. Delivery staff should consider using holistic and synoptic approaches for overlapping content to reduce delivery time, where this is possible.

NOCN already provides some Remote Invigilation and is working hard to provide additional support for remote invigilation. The update on Functional Skills and ESOL can be found here

NOCN is working with the Sector bodies and Committees of Awarding Organisations to agree a standardised approach where applicable. As NOCN is not qualified in public health information we can not provide any advice or guidance to Training Providers on whether it is safe for them to operate or not, but would obviously insist that local regulations should be abided by, that risk analysis should be regularly conducted and the mitigations implemented.

NOCN Office and External Quality Assurance colleagues will continue to operate. We are currently undertaking 30% of visits face to face where this is allowed. We are still providing a full level of service remotely to our customers.