Updated 30/06/2021 – Functional Skills EPA Flexibilities

Update - As published in the ESFA Update document from the 30/06/2021: "The temporary suspension of the requirement for level 2 apprentices to work towards and attempt level 2 Functional Skills has been extended to include level 2 apprentices with a planned end date on or before 31 December 2021. For all apprentices with a planned end date beyond 31 [...]

By |2021-06-30T15:12:18+01:00June 25th, 2021|Compliance, End Point Assessment, News|

Leader in Adult Care – Minor Assessment Plan Change

There has been a minor change to the end-point assessment plan for the Leader in Adult Care Level 5 standard. The latest version of the assessment plan is AP02 and can be found here. The change is as follows: The previous version of the assessment plan (AP01) stated: The observation will typically last for 75 minutes comprised of 60 [...]

By |2021-06-23T12:07:19+01:00June 23rd, 2021|End Point Assessment, News|

Skills for Jobs White Paper – What does it mean for Apprenticeships?

PAL's Director of Audit and Compliance, Rupert Crossland has produced a handy summary of what the Skills for Jobs White Paper, which was published on the 21st of January 2021, means for Apprenticeships Summary of the main points: The DfE has committed to providing £2.5bn for apprenticeships in 2020/21. From August 2021, apprenticeship levy payers will be able to pledge [...]

By |2021-01-22T15:59:32+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Compliance, End Point Assessment, News|

Apprentices Must be Confident to Discuss Their Development at EPA

Contributed by Lucy Smith, Professional Assessor at PAL. End-point Assesment has changed the face of apprenticeships.  Not just in terms of how programmes are delivered, but also in terms of the additional skills apprentices have to develop in order to prove their competence and ability.  Ensuring the apprentice is fully proficient in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours within the Standard is [...]

By |2020-10-12T21:05:41+01:00November 7th, 2019|End Point Assessment, Tips|

End-point Assessment – Feedback from the Other Side…

EPA doesn't have to be scary - it's easy when you know how! Here are some of the things we've learnt as we've been delivering EPA: We’ve learnt that employers and apprentices actually LIKE the new standards - they LIKE the fact that they are challenging, they LIKE the fact that hard work and dedication is rewarded, they even LIKE [...]

By |2020-03-18T17:00:40+00:00October 31st, 2018|End Point Assessment|

Talk about End Point Assessment

Employers MUST be fully involved in the apprentices’ learning journey so that together they can measure their progress against the relevant new standard Don’t be afraid to have difficult and honest conversations with employers and apprentices if things are not going to plan. This is an opportunity to offer solutions! Communication is key. Line managers should find the time to [...]

By |2020-10-12T21:06:30+01:00April 17th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|

Stretching, Challenging and Aiming High

Focus your teaching and support on the areas and types of assessment that will be the most challenging for the individual apprentice Support apprentices fully; some will feel anxious about Endpoint Assessment. Combat this by encouraging them to PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE! Continuously provide strong developmental feedback that will enhance and improve apprentices’ performance against the relevant standards

By |2020-10-12T21:06:58+01:00April 17th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|

Starting with the end in mind

Ensure that all parties are familiar with the standards and the content of the assessment plan. Design your training and formative assessment activities in line with the new standards – and the outcomes of the relevant End-point assessment Plan. Some apprentices and employers may wish to undertake some aspect of End-point remotely, and should feel confident about using the appropriate [...]

By |2020-10-12T21:07:07+01:00April 17th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|
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