Last updated: 8 January 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 centres delivering ASDAN qualifications
Government announcements to date do not reflect a change in the expected moderation process for ASDAN courses in the summer of 2021. The expectation for ASDAN qualifications will be that the window for moderation will continue as planned. This includes the Extended Project Qualification moderation window until we have had further clarity from the regulators.
In 2020 ASDAN offered an adapted process that can be used to lessen the burden on teaching that the pandemic has caused, which is in line with the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework that was published by the regulators. The adaptation guidance provided for each qualification below is intended to be the process by which assessments and moderations are conducted in 2021. As such it is not anticipated that the Centre Assessed Grades (CAG) process that was used in 2020 will be required for the awarding of results.
What this means for centres is that all learner evidence (mandatory sections of the qualification) needs to be assessed, internally moderated and banked as soon as possible to avoid leaving too many incomplete sections later in the year. Should a submission be complete, all centres are reminded to register learners for moderation as soon as possible.
Academic year 2020-2021 – Adaptations to delivery and assessment
ASDAN has been made aware that an extension to the current (ERF) Extraordinary Regulatory Framework has been finalised, this provides guidelines by which centres and awarding organisations, such as ASDAN, can operate during a potentially disruptive academic year in 2020–21 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The full E-ERF can be read here: Extended Extraordinary regulatory: Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Covid-19 Conditions and Requirements. In summary this framework follows on from the ERF by allowing awarding organisations to adapt their qualifications in 2020 and 2021 in recognition of the fact that, although assessments may take place after summer 2020, learners may have experienced disruption to teaching, learning and assessment because of the pandemic.
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, ASDAN has been working closely with Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA (Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment) and other awarding organisations to identify alternative assessment or delivery methods to ensure that learners are not disadvantaged during what could be a disruptive academic year in 2020-2021.
While we do not yet know what this academic year holds, particularly in relation to the full impact of Covid-19 on the teaching and assessing of our qualifications, we recommend that you concentrate on banking learner evidence and focus on the teaching of skills and evidence of that teaching, should a disruption to delivery and assessment occur as happened earlier in 2020. Banked evidence could include annotated photographs and learning plans or even formative evidence that would not normally be included in the candidates portfolio of evidence. By gathering as much evidence of learning and assessments (whether formal or informal), the greater the chance of success for your students, should a significant disruption to learning happen again. The Regulators have made it clear that the Centre Assessed Grades (CAG) process will not be permitted in Summer 2021 therefore having sufficient evidence to show that skills were taught and that the candidate participated in learning with banked evidence may help to progress those candidates to a successful qualification outcome.
In light of the adaptions that ASDAN will be reviewing, this is a reminder that from September 2020 it became a mandatory requirement that centres provide records of internal moderation and a copy of at least one assessment plan for the units in their submission.
Please ensure that these are included when you send your portfolios for moderation as all adaptations to assessment will need to be reviewed by the external moderator.
As we have been preparing for the regulators' new statutory guidance, we can now supply you with individual qualification guidance. An email summarising the main adaptations per qualification with a link to the adaptation guides and examples of adapted assessment plans was sent in the week commencing 23 November 2020.
Access the adaptation guidance documents
Update for centres delivering ASDAN programmes
Our Centre Support team have been and continue to be busy printing and despatching certificates for ASDAN programmes. If you are yet to receive your certificates, we ask you to please be patient as we are still operating on reduced capacity for this function. We will get them to you as soon as we can.
Please note that certificates for Short Courses and Key Steps can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge from our website.
Personal Development Programmes and Preparing for Adulthood programmes
For the spring term we will be offering postal moderation for Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and Preparing for Adulthood programmes (New Horizons, Towards Independence, Transition Challenge, Workright). Due to the pandemic, we are not currently able to offer moderation meetings.
Postal moderation will be undertaken during the fortnight beginning 22 March 2021. Please book your postal moderation and enter your learner details by Friday 26 February 2021.
We will then email you to confirm which portfolios we require you to post to your ASDAN regional relationship manager for external moderation. We will provide you with an address where you can send the sample portfolios.
Sample portfolios must arrive with your ASDAN regional relationship manager no later than Thursday 18th March 2021.
Information for all centres
ASDAN training workshops are currently being delivered remotely by webinar. Please see our training pages for more information. We are also delivering in-service training (INSET) remotely. Please see our INSET page for details on how to book an INSET.
ASDAN’s relationship management team is offering centres support by phone, email or video conferencing. Contact details for the team are available on the ASDAN website.
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