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 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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Rubric is a Microsoft Dynamics backed platform which houses all of our End Point Assessment data.

Over the last two years, NOCN has been working to evolve and develop it’s EPA management system, Rubric. This system has recently seen it’s a third significant development.

The NOCN Rubric portal allows training providers to access a live interface and the ability to manage the apprentice cohorts they have with NOCN.

What is Rubric?

In modern education circles, rubrics have recently come to refer to an assessment tool. The first usage of the term is from the mid-1990s. Rubrics are seen to act as metadata, added to assessment text to indicate what constitutes an outcome. Heidi Goodrich Andrade, a rubrics expert, defines a rubric as "a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work or 'what counts.' – A perfect name for an EPA System we thought.

How does Rubric work?

Rubric is a Microsoft Dynamics backed cloud platform which houses data within the UK and EU. It is a secure model which treats every access attempt as if it originates from an untrusted network. Known as zero-trust.

The Microsoft Power App, which houses all of our EPA data is a zero-trust access model, which helps mitigate the risk of unauthorized access and reduce the risk of data breaches.

The End Point Assessment management system (Rubric Mainframe) allows the apprentice/s data to be added to the system via the provide access portal and match with the ESFA database. All EPA gateway pre-requisites for the apprentice are uploaded via Rubric mitigating the need for lengthy email and evidence transfer.

How to add apprentices to the system