Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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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:

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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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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Booking process

The process varies by invigilation type. Please see below for the specific registration and remote invigilation process.

Registration

How do I register learners for a centre remotely invigilated exam (1:1 invigilation)?

Centres are required to register learners for remotely invigilated exams through the standard registration method of submitting the learner registrations through Quartzweb five days prior to the exam date. The registration template sent should ensure it includes the learners' telephone numbers and email addresses in addition to the standard information of name and date of birth.

The registration training video can be found on the Quartzweb homepage, and a link is included here: How to Register My Learners

How do I register learners for an NOCN remotely invigilated exam?

Centres are required to book an NOCN invigilation slot on the NOCN Booking system prior to scheduling their test. This ensures that there is an invigilator available at the time slot requested by the centre. Bookings can be submitted here.

Once the booking has been confirmed Centres can schedule the tests in the usual way.

The registration training video can be found on the Quartzweb homepage, and a link is included here: How to Register My Learners

Before the day of the exam

Please be aware that the below timeframes are conditional on the centre submitting their registration 5 working days prior to the exam date.

Centre Observe, Record and Review OR NOCN Observe, Record and Review

The centre will receive a confirmation email of their exam booking and details of learner’s login details at least 2 days prior to the exam. The centre will need to amend the relevant details and send the logins to each learner individually.

It is the centres responsibility to communicate the logins to the learners before the day of the exam.

Centre Invigilated (1:1)

For Centre, the candidate does not need login details to Caibrand as the invigilator can take control and manage this.

It is the centres responsibility to communicate the exam details to the learners before the day of the exam.

All details of checks and invigilator conduct can be found in our policy ‘NOCN Invigilator Guidance for Remote Invigilation’.

NOCN Invigilated (1:1)

NOCN will email the?centre?to confirm when the exam will take place.
NOCN will email each candidate with the details for their exam and include the centre in the email.

The email to the candidates includes the date and time of the exam and instructions on what they need to do to prepare for their exam at least 2 working days prior to the exam date.

For NOCN invigilation, the candidate does not need login details to Caibrand as the invigilator can take control and manage this.