DAY ONE SEMINARS - 18 October
VQ Standards - where have we been and where do we go next?
In this seminar I will be taking you through work we have carried out over the last 12 months concerning delivery and performance of vocational and technical qualifications. I will also outline some of the work we will be doing going forward. As always, the focus will be on awarding organisations, qualifications and assessments, so please come along and get the latest update.
Opportunities & challenges: exporting your qualifications and assessment expertise overseas (sponsored by VTCT)
Developing countries, emerging economies and advanced industrial nations are all investing heavily in upgrading education and workforce systems. The UK excels at education exports, and in particular, its awarding and assessment expertise is second to none. A number of Awarding Organisations already export abroad. This seminar will look at both the opportunities and challenges of working internationally and explore where some of the market opportunities are.
The developing role and impact of technology enhanced assessment within education and qualification delivery
The use of technology to support the delivery of assessment is far from a new concept, but despite this a number of myths and a general lack of awareness persists around the use of technology enhanced assessment within the education and qualifications market.
This session will look at existing use of e-assessment, illustrating this through examples of current practice across a range of sectors within the education market. It will also look at emerging areas of innovation, where technology is being explored as a way of tackling specific challenges around assessment delivery within apprenticeships, digital credentialing and awarding in general.
End-point assessment: Developments in the register and marketplace
An update on the register of end-point assessment organisations, upcoming developments to the application process for both organisations applying for the first time and those seeking to extend or update their register listing. The seminar will also update on activity to integrate end-point assessment into the apprenticeship service and provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the current trends in and their experiences of delivering end-point assessment.
An introduction to Transfer Conditions: what, when, how and why
This session will introduce a new policy currently out for consultation on the power given to Qualifications Wales regarding a Transfer Condition.
A Transfer Condition means that an awarding body would be directed to arrange for their qualification (Approved or Designated) to be transferred to another awarding body.
We would only consider this regulatory action if it was proportionate to do so and only where the adverse effect on learners was significant.
External Quality Assurance of apprenticeship end-point assessment
The new approach to External Quality Assurance (EQA) of end-point assessment provides the first time that an overarching approach has been taken to quality assurance of apprenticeship assessment. EQA has a crucial role to play in ensuring that apprentices are assessed fairly and consistently and that different end-point assessment organisations are interpreting assessment plans consistently. This session will provide an update on the development and implementation of External Quality Assurance arrangements including the Institute for Apprenticeships’ role in setting the overall framework for EQA, and approving EQA providers; and emerging findings from early EQA activity