End-point assessment News
We’ve been hosting monthly ‘check in’ webinars to provide all of our customers with regular updates throughout the year. If you missed these and would like to watch them, you can view all of the previous webinars here.
Our next webinar is going to be hosted on 10 September and we’re moving to a more consistent agenda, We’ll be covering process changes, platform changes, new product and service developments and much more. Sign up here - we’ll email out slides and recordings to everyone who signs up.
Head over to our YouTube channel to find our latest helpful short videos on a range of topics. Recent videos include: Professional Discussion demonstration, Associate Project Management introduction, Dental Nurse introduction and Dental Practice Manager Introduction. These new videos are ideal for apprentices, explaining parts of the EPA in a way that’s easy to understand.
Dedicated resources platform
The EPA Plus resources library is now live, you should have been given access through the set up emails at the start of August. The library can be accessed here. All SEPA users are automatically set up as users. You can use the forgotten password link if you haven’t already set up your password.
We will be removing access to the resources area in SEPA shortly.
Team Leader updated assessment plan
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the trailblazer group have updated the Team Leader assessment plan. The new assessment plan is comprised of only two EPA assessment components, a presentation with Q&A and a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio.
We’re working on updated guidance documents to reflect the new assessment plan and will be in a position to offer the Team Leader standard at a reduced EPA price, once operational.
Ongoing standard dispensations
The Institute have updated their Covid-19 guidance. In this guidance they highlight that for any standard with a flexibility applied, at least 12 weeks’ notice will be given before removing a flexibility.
You can find the list of all standards that have had flexibilities applied on the IfATE website.
All dispensation documentation should be uploaded to SEPA at the point of Gateway for all apprentices undertaking an impacted standard. This means that flexibility specific reflective accounts, witness testimonies and observation records need to be uploaded prior to Gateway.
English and maths for Level 2 apprentices
As per the ESFA’s Covid-19 guidance, the requirement for apprentices undertaking a Level 2 apprenticeship to attempt their English and maths at Level 2 has been suspended. These apprentices must still achieve their Level 1 maths and English and present evidence at Gateway.
This dispensation is in place for apprentices due to go through Gateway before 31 December.
Paper based MCQs/SJTs
All requests for paper based written assignments should be submitted as reasonable adjustments through the relevant SEPA process.
Senior Healthcare Support Worker Assessment Plan V2
From 1 September, all apprentices undertaking the SHCSW EPA will be assessed against the new version of the assessment plan. We’ve updated our guidance documents and recorded a short webinar (available on our YouTube playlist) highlighting the key changes in the new version.
All standards have their own Gateway declaration documents that capture our regulatory requirements to conduct EPA, including confirmation from the apprentice that we can claim their apprenticeship certificate, upon completion.
EPA Plus have created these documents, available on SEPA (and the new resources platform) to satisfy these requirements, please ensure that you are using our gateway declarations to minimise later delays. These declarations must be signed by employer, provider and apprentices.
Flexibility Guidance Documents
Our suite of guidance documents based on the applied Covid-19 flexibilities are available on the EPA Plus resource library.
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If you have a query or would like a telephone consultation from our EPA Plus team just complete our enquiry form.
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