Advice and support

Last updated: 9 August 2021

ASDAN would like to reassure centres that we are here to support you as best we can during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 

We are operating virtually and our Centre Support team and regional team will continue to be available by phone and email. Our premises are open for deliveries at pre-arranged times but otherwise we continue to work remotely.  

Update for members delivering ASDAN qualifications

Summer 2021 awarding

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the delivery and assessment of vocational and technical qualifications. The qualifications regulators continue to work with the education sector to support learners through these challenging times. The Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) and Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ExtERF) were both replaced by the current Vocational and Technical Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF). ASDAN qualifications were awarded using VCRF and all teacher assessed grades (TAG) will conclude on 31 August. After this date all moderation requests must be for fully completed submissions as all partially completed submissions that relied on a TAG will not be accepted. 

All ASDAN results will be issued with 20 days of the moderation concluding with the exception of the EPQ which will be issued on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Autumn 2021 and 2022 awarding

Consultation on arrangements for assessing and awarding VTQs in 2021 to 2022 has concluded and the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have published a joint consultation for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) and other general qualifications in 2021/22.

The government’s intention is that teaching, learning and assessment for VTQs and other general qualifications will go ahead in the next academic year. However, it is recognised that due to the significant disruption faced by learners, adaptations implemented by Awarding Organisations in the current academic year may need to continue in 2021/22.

In line with the government policy, qualifications in 2021/22 will be awarded based on evidence from assessments and not Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs).

Associated VTQ documents, including changes to the regulatory framework conditions, requirements and guidance are also available from the following links:

Next steps

ASDAN expects to continue with the adaptations implemented this year, but we will confirm this position once the outcomes of the joint consultation have been published.

Supporting members

ASDAN have implemented adaptations to some qualifications to support with the impact of disruption to teaching, learning and assessment, and any ongoing disruption to or restrictions on the delivery of assessments, through the adaptation of qualifications and assessments. 

Access the adaptation guidance documents 2020 - 2021:

EQA Activity

All EQA activity will be completed remotely until further notice. Your allocated External Quality Assurer(s) should have been in contact to discuss moderation arrangements for 2020-21 as well as upcoming centre quality assurance reviews in Autumn 2021.  

Mandatory requirements

In light of any adaptations that ASDAN will be moderating/reviewing, this is a reminder that from September 202 it became a mandatory requirement that centres provide records of internal moderation and a copy of at least one assessment plant for the units in their submission.

Information for all members

ASDAN training workshops are currently being delivered remotely by webinar. Please see our training page for more information. We are also delivering in-service training (INSET) remotely. 

ASDAN’s relationship management team is offering centres support by phone, email or video conferencing.  Contact details for the team are available on out Contact us page.

Please contact our Centre Support team if you have any specific concerns in the first instance: 

Phone: 0117 954 8316  

We send our very best wishes for your health and wellbeing in the coming weeks and months.  

The ASDAN team