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End Point Assessment (EPAs) Covid-19 temporary discretion

30 June 2021 (by admin)

Please note the existing dispensation for the Teacher apprenticeship standard (ST0490) has been extended and will apply to those apprentices with EPAs booked until 31 December 2021.

As a reminder, the dispensation is as follows:

To help providers reduce the impact of COVID-19 on their initial teacher training (ITT) provision, alternative arrangements are being put in place for the lesson observation element of the EPA. These are extraordinary measures which we are taking so that trainees are given a fair opportunity to qualify and to safeguard teacher supply. We expect the discussion element of the EPA to go ahead as normal, virtually if necessary.

The lesson observation element of the EPA can be awarded based on assessment of the final on-programme observation during consideration of QTS award. Providers should document clearly how they have concluded that the apprentice has passed the observation element (where possible this should be signed by the Head of the employing school) and kept alongside other EPA documents for audit purposes. This discretion applies to those apprentices booked for EPA up until the 31 December 2021.  

The EPA set out in the published assessment plan is to be followed if possible. The discretion will remain in place to support providers experiencing continued disruption due to Covid-19.