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EPAO pledge to support Nursing Associate apprentices during COVID-19

EPA Plus @NCFE launches new campaign to fast track #Nursing Associate #apprentices through End-Point Assessment #EPA As thousands of apprentices due to qualify as Nursing Associates face finding themselves in ‘limbo’ due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, leading End-Point Assessment Organisation for the health and care sector, EPA Plus, has launched a new campaign to help fast track learners through End-Point Assessment.

End to end learner journeys – from initial to end-point assessments | #FutureOfAssessment Ep 4

Hosted by Gavin O’Meara and Leo Webster (Assessment Product Manager, NCFE), we invited Jack Edwards (Academy Director, Swift) and Mike Blakely (Exeter College) to discuss how we can best connect the learner journey– supporting individuals from the start of their apprenticeship right through to completion. The discussion looked at the importance of setting people up for success in terms of initial assessments to diagnose prior learning / strengths and weaknesses – and how we can use this information to build personalised learning plans and put positive steps in place throughout an apprenticeship programme. This development also comprises mental fitness, meta skills, and maths / English, to help learners have a truly transformational learning experience; completing their apprenticeships as well-rounded, highly skilled, qualified employees. The discussion also explored end-point assessments and how best to support and prepare learners for this milestone, looking at the challenges that emerged during the pandemic, the way the sector adapted, and what the future might look like.

National Youth Football Association (NYFA) Sweden and ERUDIO International LTD join forces with NCFE

International Sports Education organisation, NYFA Sweden (@NYFASweden), and educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning, @NCFE, have joined forces to deliver NYFA Sweden’s International Student Athlete Programme.

Adaptations for 21-22 and beyond | #FutureOfAssessment Episode 3

Future of Assessment: Adapting assessment – this year and beyond Hosted by Gavin O’Meara and Zac Aldridge (Director of Qualifications and Assessments, NCFE), we invited Chris Tubbrit (Product and Content Development Manager, NCFE) and Mike Saunders (Head of Quality Improvement, York College) to discuss how the pandemic changed the way we assess and award qualifications – and what this means for the future. At NCFE, four principles shaped the changes they made to their approach - supporting learning progress, maintaining rigour and robustness, streamlining and supporting centres, and working in partnership for the benefit of learners. After seeing hundreds of thousands of learners succeed in an exceptional year, this show explored what new and innovative methods of assessment emerged as a result of Covid-19.

How Upskilling Our Workforce Can Combat the Labour Shortage

Dan Howard, Operations Director of Learning for Work, @NCFE, looks at how upskilling and reskilling our nation’s workforce is key to an economic recovery:

#FutureOfAssessment - Accessibility and Inclusion - Episode 2

#FutureOfAssessment - Accessibility and Inclusion livestream Episode 2. This episode was hosted by Gavin O’Meara and Jessica Blakey (Assessment Design Manager, NCFE), we invited Gem Turner (award winning disabled lifestyle blogger) and Dan Howard (Director of Operations and head of EDI group, NCFE) to discuss the importance of accessibility and inclusion in assessment design and practice. 

Innovation in assessment - #FutureOfAssessment Livestream Episode 1

Hosted by Gavin O’Meara and Janine Oliver (Head of Assessment Innovation, NCFE), we invited Olly Newton (Exec Director, Edge Foundation) and Isabel Sutcliffe (Independent consultant in Education and Skills) to discuss what assessment innovation means in practice and what the future holds, as we find new ways of working that meets the needs of learners and educators today. NCFE is focused on exploring the future of assessment to ensure that learners have access to the world-class products and services that help them to fulfil their potential, not just in terms of academic attainment or employment outcomes, but also their wellbeing, mental health and happiness. In order to achieve this, we know we need to look at assessment used in a variety of ways and at different stages of the learning journey - from pre-programme diagnostic assessment, formative micro and milestone assessment, through to summative end-point assessment and beyond. 

Mental health and the power of education

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - @MichaelLemin, Head of Policy at @NCFE, is joined by a panel of guests to discuss the power of education and how is can be harnessed to promote good mental health.

Tackling unemployment: digital futures and careers

@NCFE’s in-house expert on all things digital, James Lane (@JamesLaneMe), is joined by a panel of guests to discuss the rapidly changing digital world, our increased reliance on technology and how to equip young people and job seekers for the digital workplace.

Changing the narrative on vocational results

Results days are defined by the achievements of learners. Whether it’s on a local level, with accounts of individual excellence and triumph through adversity, or on a national level, where the media compares results to previous years. In some senses, this year has been no different. But the ongoing narrative around ‘grade inflation’ at A Level and GCSE, as well as the broadening attainment gap between different educational institutions and economic backgrounds, has caused a huge amount of discussion over how we can reshape the current education system into something altogether more equitable.

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