End-point assessment is different and high-stakes – but what does it mean for on-programme trainers who are preparing apprentices for it?
SDN’s unique Apprenticeship Breakthrough Conference will look under the bonnet of the first end-point assessments, and explore the implications for on-programme training providers and their front-line staff.
This Conference won’t be a policy talking-shop – it will be practical, interactive and action-focused, allowing you to explore cutting-edge practice to improve your provision and support for apprentices. You will leave with insights, tools and actions.
The Conference gives you an opportunity to hear from those who have faced and dealt with the day-to-day challenges of delivering apprenticeship standards. You’ll leave with insights and actions that will help you and your teams to adapt and improve your practice.
Who should attend?
The conference is open to all those involved in the apprenticeship process – in particular, on-programme training providers, their managers and front-line teams.
Speakers and facilitators
Perspectives will be given from leading EPAOs, an apprentice, a trainer, an end-point assessor, and an employer. You’ll also hear from Ofsted, IfA and others, as well as SDN’s specialists who will lead a number of in-depth and practical Development Sessions.
Why an SDN Conference?
SDN has worked directly with over 900 apprenticeship training providers and 3,000 staff to deliver apprenticeship standards. We’ve also supported 50 of the first EPAOs and their assessor teams to set-up and start delivering end-point assessment. This conference brings together our work in both camps, allowing us to share the latest practice, insights and perspectives from across the sector.
AM : LESSONS FROM THE FIRST END-POINT ASSESSMENTS
Tim Chewter, SDN
Opening – the current state of play
Colin Bentwood, Managing Director, SDN
Hearing from EPAOs – under the bonnet of end-point assessment
- Early end-point assessment outcomes
- How are apprentices faring, and how prepared are they for end-point assessment?
- Key lessons for training providers
Followed by a Q&A panel session
Thomas Burton, Head of Assessment, NOCN
Dr. Jacqueline Hall, Head of Assessment Services, EUIAS
Rohini Bhattacharya, Director of Apprenticeships, Pearson
Interactive session – perspectives from those involved in the apprenticeship process
- End-point assessor
Revealed on the day
Development Sessions (1) – breakout
- Initial assessment and the start point
- Working with the apprentice’s line manager / mentor
- Supporting and monitoring progress
- The challenge of the gateway
SDN’s specialist on-programme training team
PM : IMPLICATIONS FOR ON-PROGRAMME TRAINING
Lessons for providers at a national level
- Ofsted – themes from recent apprenticeship inspections
- Education and Training Foundation – emerging practice for apprenticeship standards
- University Vocational Awards Council – emerging practice for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Chris Jones, HMI Specialist Advisor for Apprenticeships, Ofsted
Alison Morris, Director of Sector Development, Education and Training Foundation
Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy, UVAC
Panel – perspectives from sector stakeholders
- Institute for Apprenticeships
- Regional training provider network
- The Assessors Guild
- Association of College
Darren Shaw, Head of Assessment, Institute for Apprenticeships
Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager, AoC
Sam Taylor, Head of The Assessors Guild
Development Sessions (2) – breakout
- Curriculum planning for success
- Developing and assessing behaviours
- The role of the IQA on-programme
- Effective end-point assessment in practice – a case study
Bringing it all together – changes to your practice
SDN’s specialist on-programme training team
Other speakers will be announced shortly
Working closely with government, trailblazer groups and sector stakeholders, Colin has led SDN’s work on the apprenticeship reforms – supporting over 900 apprenticeship organisations and 3,000 staff to prepare for apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment. Colin conducts a regular in-depth analysis of how the reforms are shaping up in each industry, which will set the scene for the Conference.
Chris Jones, HMI
Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships
Chris Jones joined Ofsted in 2013, and is Ofsted’s Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships. He is a qualified teacher and holds a doctorate specialising in continuing professional development and pedagogy. Previously he taught in schools, colleges, initial teacher education and work-based learning providers for a total of 20 years. At the Conference, Chris will be sharing examples of effective practice, drawn directly from recent Ofsted inspections of apprenticeship providers delivering standards.
Dr. Jacqueline Hall
Head of Assessment Services
Energy and Utilities Independent Assessment Service
Jacqueline has been instrumental in the establishment of the Energy and Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS) – operating in the gas power, waste management and water industries. EUIAS has been at the front line of end-point assessment delivery and has now conducted over 500 assessments. At the Conference, Jaqueline will present the outcomes of their first end-point assessments, and lessons that can be learnt for on-programme training providers.
Head of Assessment
Starting as a hospitality apprentice and becoming the lead culinary project manager for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Thomas has been in the FE sector for over 15 years. Thomas is Head of Assessment at NOCN, one of the leading End-Point Assessment Organisations in the England. At the Conference, Thomas will outline how apprentices have been faring at end-point assessment, and what this means for those preparing apprentices for it.
Director of Apprenticeships
After several roles in the private and public sector focused on business development and partnerships, Rohini moved to Pearson in 2017 – one of the largest EPAOs in the country. Rohini oversees the end-to-end delivery of Pearson’s apprenticeship offer and end-point assessment services. At the Conference, she will set out the early lessons being learnt from their first end-point assessment, and what this means for on-programme trainers.
Head of Assessment
Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Darren has worked in primary, secondary, post-compulsory and vocational education for 20 years. Starting as a secondary school teacher and teacher-trainer, Darren moved to the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, helping awarding bodies develop academic and vocational qualifications. He then moved to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) where he was responsible for developing assessments for the national primary science sample in England.
Darren is now Head of Assessment at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, where he oversees the Institute’s appraisals of end-point assessment plans and his team provides assessment advice to trailblazer groups.
Senior Skills Policy Manager
Association of Colleges
With over 25 years’ experience holding senior positions within a number of FE Colleges, Teresa Frith is Senior Skills Policy Manager for the Association of Colleges. Teresa has been at the forefront of helping colleges across England implement the apprenticeship reforms and new standards, as well as working closely with government to shape and inform systems and policy. At the Conference, Teresa will share how colleges are grappling with apprenticeship standards and lessons that are being learnt.
Head of The Assessors Guild
Coming from a teaching and assessment background, Sam Taylor has been involved in education for 30 years within awarding organisations, FE, schools, training providers and publishers. Sam is Head of the The Assessors Guild, focused on professionalising assessors and quality assurers by providing support, CPD and professional standards to drive rigour, quality and consistency in assessment. On the day, Sam will be sharing the latest insights from the Guild’s work with end-point assessors, on the Stakeholder Panel.
Director of Policy
University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
Following her time as a senior manager at the ESFA, Mandy has been at the forefront of supporting Universities across the country to set-up, deliver and grow their Higher and Degree Apprenticeships provision, as well helping to shape and inform government policy in this area. At the Conference, Mandy will provide an insight into how HEIs are preparing apprentices for end-point assessment and what other apprenticeship providers might learn from their approach.
Director of Sector Development
Education and Training Foundation
Alison has worked in the skills sector for over fifteen years. She is currently Executive Director of Sector Development at the ETF where, amongst other things, she oversees the ETF’s support for technical and vocational education including apprenticeship and T-Levels. Alison previously worked at UKCES where she carried out policy and research work in areas including higher level skills, employability, education-business links and careers guidance. At the Conference, Alison will share insights into emerging good practice from providers currently delivering apprenticeship standards and preparing their apprentices for end-point assessment.
Following her time as a senior manager in FE, Louise has been at the forefront of the apprenticeship reforms. Louise has supported hundreds of apprenticeship staff to deliver the new standards, and also works closely with Ofsted in her role as Director of quality-assurance specialists Mesma. Louise is an expert facilitator and will be running practical development sessions at the Conference.
Chris has been at the forefront of the apprenticeship reforms since their inception – in policy and practice. Chris has helped many of the first EPAOs (and their assessor teams) to set up and start delivering end-point assessment, as well as supporting hundreds of on-programme training staff. Chris will be running practical development sessions at the Conference.
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