Coronavirus / Covid-19 ETS Guidance for FE sector

(separate Guidance for HE sector)

Joint information from NYA England and ETS Wales to Awarding Organisations 18.03.20

We write with reference to the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the potential impact of this on the delivery of the Youth Work in Practice suite of qualifications. As you are all aware we are in a rapidly changing environment with advice regarding protecting vulnerable people. Currently, the advice is for education establishments to stay open.  This is tempered against a wider environment of self-isolation, social distancing, working from home advice and the avoidance of crowded environments.

With this in mind, we are seeking to get agreement and consensus on temporary adaptations to the Assessment Strategy for the Youth Work Practice qualifications.

There are some units where observation of practice is a requirement, along with completion of activities in a real work environment. This may not be possible for some students now, or in the coming weeks.

To mitigate this we suggest the following:

Awarding Organisations/Bodies must detail within their centre quality management processes each of the following:      

Training materials must clearly show learners, how many hours learning they are expected to undertake and that they are given sufficient time to allow them to complete the distance learning. It is also a requirement that the centre checks that the learner has completed the distance learning during training to ensure that appropriate learning has occurred.

We are suggesting that we make this an official temporary amendment to the assessment strategy from 18th March 2020, with ongoing review as government health advice changes.

  1. Further Guidance:

We appreciate that there is currently uncertainty with regards to the situation that is arising as COVID-19 develops and spreads. With the situation being fluid and contingent upon official guidance from Governments in Westminster and Cardiff, we will regularly review our guidance and ensure any updated information is issued in a timely manner.

  1. Queries:

If you have any queries relating to this guidance or to your particular programme(s) please don’t hesitate to contact Liz Rose (ETS Adviser) or Steve Drowley (ETS Chair) at ETS Wales:

elizabeth.rose@wlga.gov.uk

 

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