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1 NOCN Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) Qualifications Developing a Personalised Curriculum for Alternative Provision

2 What is a Personalised Curriculum? Basic QCA principle is: To use subjects and other areas of learning for developing skills and attributes to enable continued learning and participation matched to learners’ needs.

3 Origin of the Qualifications Work with Nottingham City, Leicester City and Leicestershire Raising aspirations and acheivement Careers Education and Preparation for Working Life Test and trials of QCF

4 For 14+ learners for whom an alternative curriculum is appropriate Unit-based qualifications –Flexible, bite-sized, curriculum –Easy to tailor to needs of individuals Can be continued or started post-16 Listed on QCA catalogue for FLT provision Are mapped to Every Child Matters NOCN Step-UP Qualifications - Features

5 Unitised and credit based Range of units at Entry and Level One Different sizes of qualifications Flexible delivery/assessment (no external assessment) Supports learners with spiky profile Can be ‘nested’ –Award can add units to become Certificate and Diploma NOCN Step-UP Qualifications - Design

6 Step-Up Qualification Sizes Qualification TitleTotal credits Min Core credits GLHPerformance Points NOCN Entry Level Award for Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF NOCN Entry Level Certificate for Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF NOCN Entry Level Diploma for Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF NOCN Level One Award fr Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF NOCN Level One Certificate for Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF NOCN Level One Diploma for Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF

7 GCSE GradePerformance Points A*58 A52 B46 C40 D34 E28 F22 G16 Performance Points for GCSE

8 Introduction to Teamwork Skills 3 Credits Qualification Title: Entry Level Award in Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF Course Title: Introduction to Teamwork 30 GLH 3 Credits

9 Introduction Teamwork Skills 3 Credits Speaking and Listening: Engage in Discussion 3 credits Introduction to Garden Horticulture 3 credits Introduction to Using ICT Systems 3 credits Introduction to Planting a Container 3 credits 150 GLH 15 Credits Qualification Title: Entry Level Certificate in Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-UP) QCF Course Title: Introduction to Planting Containers

10 Assessment –Is by the teacher –Is portfolio based –Flows naturally from the unit content –Does not involve external examinations Portfolio Evidence –Must cover all assessment criteria –Must be robust and authentic –Can be in many forms Assessment of Step-Up Qualifications

11 Supported by: Robust quality assurance model –Centre recognition –Verification –Standardisation Training events Dedicated OCN support team –Development –Quality –Registration and Awards

12 Future Developments Award, Certificate and Diploma qualifications at E1 and E2 Extension of Careers Education qualifications for the life of NQF Addition of Level 2 units to Step-UP qualifications – to allow level 2 unit acheivement for FLT

13 Future Developments Continued Level 2 6 Pathways planned Level 1 to be developed alongside Details worked out with providers Additional and Specialist Learning Identifying current NQF qualifications as ASL Submitting new qualifications for approval as ASL.

14 Proposed Level 2 Qualifications QualificationCreditsGCSE Equivalence GLH NOCN Level 2 Award in Planning for Progression Progression to HE/FE Applications/interviews etc (i.e. Careers ed type units) Action planning Exploring vocational context NOCN Level 2 Award in Personal Development All the above plus PLTS, PSHEE, Citizenship NOCN Level 2 Award in Enhancing Vocational Learning Generic Vocational units, not sector specific Work experience Career planning etc NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Personal Development As in award NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Exploring Vocational Skills Career planning, PLTS, sector specific taster vocational units plus the generic vocational units NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Enhancing Skills for Progression Esteem/confidence building, vocational tasters as above

15 Centre Recognition To ensure the security of the Award of NOCN credits, OCNs need to be assured that the provider has adequate Resources and QA processes to support the delivery, assessment and verification of N/OCN credits and qualifications

16 Consortium Working Small providers operating together, sharing resources and good practice Consortium Lead (typically LA through group ) Satellite School

17 Consortium Criteria OCNs need to ensure approach continues to secure the award of credit and qualifications Consortium lead will go through full Recognition process identifying the methods, procedures and policies to support the consortium Satellite centres will need to apply to the consortium lead in the first instance for permission to join the consortium Will complete small application that will consist of contact details and agreement to comply with the arrangements

18 Consortium Lead Responsibilities : Organise annual end of year moderation/verification event Organise a minimum number of events throughout the year for CPD purposes To receive concerns/reports from or about satellite centres Agree with the OCN financial arrangements for the payment of fees Receive initial application from potential satellite centres Agree with satellite centres extension of provision

19 Satellite Centre Responsibilities: Named senior member of staff to take responsibility to ensure OCN requirements are met Commit to attend the CPD events Ensure relevant staff have access to necessary documentation Named member of staff liaising with OCN to process leaner registrations and claims for credit

20 OCN Responsibilities Have a named officer responsible to support the consortium Visit (over a period of time) all satellite centres for advice and guidance Support and present at consortium meetings providing updates on requirements and developments Liaise directly with satellite regarding registration and awards Provide consortium lead with learner registration and award activity reports registration across the consortium for monitoring purposes

21 Advantages Reduced cost of centre recognition Improved opportunities for sharing of good practice and resources Standardisation of provision across the consortium Peer group support Access to accreditation services may not otherwise be able to afford or manage

22 Questions? Contact Details: Karen Hedger, OCN London Region


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