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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance

NSAR would like to express its sympathy and solidarity with those who have been affected by the crisis and show our gratitude to those who are risking their own health to protect and support those affected by the Covid-19 virus. 


NSAR is working closely with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (“The Institute”) to monitor the situation and remain committed to supporting you at this challenging time, to protecting apprentices and to minimising disruption as much as possible. 


We will continue to engage with EPAOs directly as part of our ongoing EQA activity, will use the dedicated Alerts process for individual queries and will be maintain this page with the latest guidance released by The Institute. 

 

NSAR Guidance for End Point Assessment Organisations: 20th March 2020 

The Institute has provided guidance and arrangements that respond to some of the challenges that the Covid-19 virus is presenting. The arrangements detailed below are temporary and are subject to further change as the situation evolves.


NSAR acknowledge the Institute guidance and has, in some instances, provided expansion on such to facilitate an understanding of the implications and requirements relating to each assessment methodology that is likely to be encountered within the apprenticeship standards for which NSAR acts as the nominated EQA organisation.

End-Point Assessment Flexibility for Calculated Functional Skills Qualifications


As of May 22nd 2020, and during the Covid-19 crisis, The Institute are permitting the re-sequencing of the EPA process to enable gateway to be passed and EPA to be taken before the FSQ calculated result is received.


For further detail, visit:


https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/covid-19/recent-announcements/new-end-point-assessment-flexibility-for-calculated-functional-skills-qualifications/

Knowledge Test Assessment Methodology 

(including Online and On-Demand Tests)

Remote administration of tests, such as multiple-choice tests, should still only be carried out within a supervised and controlled environment. The environment must ensure collusion and malpractice is prevented, monitored and supported by systems for reporting. 


In all cases EPAOs must have processes in place to verify the identity of the apprentice and to ensure that the apprentice is not being aided in any way.  

 

Note: There are range of dedicated solutions that can be used to facilitate robust remote proctoring, or invigilation as it is often referred to in the UK, that would be considered compliant with assessment plans, unless explicitly prohibited or considered inappropriate. You can find further information below,

 

https://www.e-assessment.com/remote-proctoring-sig/    

 

The security of assessment materials should be protected and controlled during assessment activity, to minimise the risk of plagiarism and unauthorised distribution. 

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