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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

Apprenticeships for the PCET sector (14th May 2020)

Summary

The Institute for Apprenticeships have provided a Covid-19 information hub. Under the section called 'Institute Guidance', you will see the things that can be agreed with the apprenticeship standards' external quality assurance provider to help during this time: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19-information-regarding-apprenticeships/

The Institute for Apprenticeships have provided a Covid-19 information hub. Under the section called 'Institute Guidance', you will see the things that can be agreed with the apprenticeship standards' external quality assurance provider to help during this time:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19-information-regarding-apprenticeships/

In addition to this, if something over and above this guidance is required, the Institute can form a "taskforce" made up from the Trailblazer Group chair, EQA provider and End-point Assessment Organisations, plus Institute officials to explore this further. If the group then agree that they would like to put this proposal forward, this is then put to senior institute officials for further consideration. It is also reviewed by the route panel chair for that particular standard.

This is not, however, a quick fix as the requests are often likely to result in EPAOs having to undertake significant work to develop alternative assessment materials. The approval process will seek to maintain safety and quality and where this cannot be guaranteed, we will be unable to approve the proposed discretion.

With all of this in mind, we want to hear from trailblazer groups who would like us to convene a taskforce.

So, if you think a standard should be considered, let us know at enquiries.ifa@education.gov.uk

Here is a link to the flexibilities already agreed:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19/recent-announcements/list-of-standards-with-temporary-discretions-or-flexibilities/

This includes Teacher and Teaching Assistant.

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