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Free Webinar: Getting to Grips with End-Point Assessment Methods 11th April 2019
April 4, 2019
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The following webinar is being provided by SDN and Protocol 

End-point assessment is different and high-stakes.

Whether you’re preparing apprentices for it or planning to deliver end-point assessment in future, you will need to get to grips with multiple assessment methods specified in the new assessment plans and what they mean in practice.

On Thursday, 11th April (12.30-1.30pm) SDN and Protocol are hosting a free webinar, to give you a birds-eye-view of: Read more

The Role of the Trainer Assessor for Apprenticeships
March 28, 2019
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If you currently deliver apprenticeship training as a trainer/assessor, your role is likely to be going through considerable change – writes Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

In the new world of apprenticeship standards, trainer / assessors need to:

  • Design and conduct the training differently
  • Integrate new assessment methods
  • integrate the concept of grading within the training, and
  • Prepare apprentices to meet the gateway and undertake end-point assessment.

This change is a huge amount to process for trainer / assessors.

So, to help, we’ve set out 15 quick questions to ask yourself to test whether you’re ‘standards ready’

15 quick check questions before embarking on the new trainer / assessor role Read more

Free Webinar: “Birds-eye-view of the new trainer-assessor role”
March 27, 2019
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The following was published by FE News.

On Monday, 1st April (10.00-11.00am), supported by FE News and FE Careers, SDN are hosting a 1-hour free webinar, giving you a birds-eye-view of the new trainer-assessor role

No software is required – once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent a link so you can join us on the day.

Monday, 1st April (10.00-11.00am): Can’t make the date or time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Read more

The Trends of End-Point Assessment Methods Selected
March 13, 2019
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The following research was carried out by Strategic Development Network (SDNStrategic Development Network (SDN)

The picture overall

End-point assessment is new for everyone. Most of those involved in trailblazer groups and end-point assessment delivery would agree that assessment plan design has improved as we’ve gone along.

So what, in general, is the approach now taken by trailblazer groups? Most assessment plans include an average of three assessment methods. These can be broken down into three broad categories: Read more

Ofqual Confirms its Apprenticeship End Point Assessment Approach
July 27, 2018
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Ofqual has put in place the final piece of the jigsaw in its approach to its External Quality Assurance (EQA) of apprenticeship End Point Assessments (EPAs), with the publication of a tailored set of rules. The following was published on Gov.uk on 26th July 2018.

These Conditions and guidance, which come into force on 27th July 2018, relate specifically to our regulation of EPAs as a component of an apprenticeship programme. Our end-to-end process is designed to ensure that EPAs are developed effectively and monitored throughout the life of the assessment.

Since taking on its role as an EQA provider, Ofqual has already agreed to provide external quality assurance for 55 standards produced by Trailblazers, with another 37 in the pipeline. We have also aligned our review of Assessment Plans with the Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Faster and Better” programme. We have published details of the status of EPAs where Ofqual has been asked to provide EQA. A total of 42 Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisations are currently on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) register of End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs).

Our work as an EQA also includes a technical evaluation of a proposed EPAs. We do this to ensure that EPAOs have interpreted assessment plans correctly and consistently so that employers get what they want and expect from the assessments. We have already looked at 19 EPAs and have asked EPAOs to make changes where required. We are also planning to communicate our technical evaluation findings more widely, to inform the Institute, the EQA community and employers. Read more

ESFA Employer Guidance: Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations

ESFA has updated their information for employers looking for an independent end-point assessment organisation and potential applicants to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. 

Register of end-point assessment organisations

Register of end-point assessment organisations – lists organisations that have been assessed as being suitable to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices and be in receipt of public funds. You can use the list of standards to see which organisations deliver a particular standard.

Introduction to end-point-assessment organisations

As well as containing information on programme training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an end-point assessment. An independent organisation must be involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.

Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices. Although a number of different people and organisations may be involved in an apprentice’s end-point assessment, only the independent organisation needs to apply to and be listed on the register.

Using the register of end-point assessment organisations Read more

ESFA: How Apprentices in England are Assessed
June 27, 2018
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ESFA has published this guide to the process for assessing apprentices doing apprenticeships in England. 

Overview

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. An apprenticeship can be a standard or a framework. Apprenticeship standards will replace all the old apprenticeship frameworks by 2020.

Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their job and career. The apprentice gains this through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

Assessing the apprentice’s knowledge and experience depends on the type of apprenticeship they’ve completed:

Standards

Apprentices doing standards have their skills, knowledge and behaviours evaluated at the end of their apprenticeship by taking an end-point assessment (EPA). This is known as synoptic assessment.

Assessment plans set out the specific criteria for each EPA.

Frameworks

Apprentices doing frameworks have their skills and knowledge continually evaluated by their training provider during their apprenticeship. Individual qualifications might be graded, but the overall apprenticeship is simply ‘achieved’. This is known as formative assessment.

Read more

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