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Thursday 12 August 2021

 

The Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)

Following Ofqual’s consultation on arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational technical and other general qualifications 2021 to 2022, they have released their decisions and updated the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) documentation.

 

Effective from 1 September 2021, all qualifications and assessments will only be able to continue either as normal or with permitted adaptations. The use of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) or any other alternative form of awarding will no longer be permitted.

 

If you have any queries regarding permitted adaptations, please contact us at customerservices@skillsfirst.co.uk 

 

 

The Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)

 

The continuing pandemic has led to some exams and assessments being cancelled in 2021. On the 25 February 2021, the government announced the policy and scope of awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021.

 

It was confirmed that:

 

 

For remote invigilation, please contact exams@skillsfirst.co.uk for more information.

 

 

The Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)

 

Ofqual has put in place the Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) for Awarding Organisations (AOs) offering VTQs. These regulatory arrangements will enable AOs to be sufficiently flexible to support as many learners as possible to complete qualifications, whilst still retaining the integrity of their qualifications.

 

For qualifications most important for progression to further study or employment, the framework enables AOs to:

 

 

 

Qualifications where teacher assessed grades won't play a part in awarding

 

Adaptations already introduced by AOs can continue under the VCRF; further adaptations are permitted if they are necessary to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

 

Download the latest versions of Skillsfirst's guidance documents relating to the process for applying for adaptations below:

 

Skillsfirst guidance to centres on adapted assessments

 

Adapted assessments HOC declaration of intent 

 

Adapted assessments submission

 

 

 

The following update is from the Joint Awarding Body Quality Group for Health and Social Care and Childcare/Early Years

 

The Joint Awarding Body Quality Group for Health and Social Care and Childcare/Early Years qualifications has published the assessment mitigation guidance in relation to COVID-19 disruption. This applies to learners who are expecting to complete their qualifications by the end of the academic year 2020/21. The guidance can be found here:

 

Mitigations HSC and CC

 

Centres delivering Skillsfirst's Health and Social Care and Childcare/Early Years qualifications are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this guidance.

 

Download the latest versions of Skillsfirst's guidance documents relatign to the process for applying for adaptions below: 

 

EYP L2 DfE criteria Assessment JABQ agreed submitted to Ofqual

 

EYE L3 DfE criteria RAG rating  JABQ agreed and submitted to Ofqual

 

 

 

Qualifications where teacher assessed grades will play a part in awarding:

 

 

Approach to assessment and awarding: For those VTQs most similar to GCSEs, AS and A levels, AOs are expected to take similar approaches to those used for those qualifications, including the use of teacher judgement, appeals and measures for private candidates.

 

 

Approach to assessment and awarding: Assessments should continue where viable in line with Public Health England (PHE) guidance or remote invigilation. Learners can receive a result through a teacher assessed grade only where they cannot access an assessment.

 

Skillsfirst will be providing more information and guidance to centres as soon as we are able to do so, following the conclusion of the current consultation.

 

Skillsfirst will continue to support the adaptation of internally marked assessments, to ensure those learners due to complete a component / qualification between 1 August 2020 and 31 August 2021 can progress with their education / career.

 

 

If you have any queries in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at customerservices@skillsfirst.co.uk or call 0121 270 5100 (option 2).

 

Qualifications

COVID-19 Updates

Centre Guidance on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) Guidance for Functional Skills

The Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)

COVID 19 Disruption 2021/22 - Assessment mitigation guidance - Health and Social Care, Childcare and Early Years