Transport and Logistics update - August 2019

19 August 2019

An update on the Transport and Logistics sector in August 2019.

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Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver: changes to the quality assurance model

From mid-September 2019, the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver will move from the BTEC quality assurance model to the Work-Based Learning quality assurance model.

Why are we changing the quality assurance model?

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver is increasingly being used by local authorities akin to a licence to practise, which means that the qualification is now considered alongside other high-risk qualifications such as the Security licence to practise suite. To ensure a coherent, appropriate approach to managing quality for high-risk qualifications, the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver will be moving to the WBL QA model with effect from mid-September 2019.

What does this change mean for centres?

This change will ensure that your centre is provided with as much support as possible in the form of a Lead Standards Verifier, who will work to ensure that policies are set for your centre and to act as a single point of contact for problems and questions. In most cases, the Lead Standards Verifier will be the same person as the Standards Verifier allocated to your centre. The Lead Standards Verifier will simplify the visits that sector-specific Standards Verifiers make, allowing them to focus on sampling assessments, providing judgements and giving simple and specific feedback and reducing any replication. Ideally, the Lead Standards Verifier visit and Standards Verifier visit will take place on the same day and this should be the day the practical observations for Unit 6 are taking place. Please refer to the Centre Handbook and the visit-plan provided by your Standards Verifier for information on what will be covered during the visit.
There will be a minimum of one standards-verification visit per year for this qualification.

How does the LSV model work?

  • Centres complete a Self Assessment and send it to the LSV
  • LSVs are allocated in September and work with the centre on centre-management systems
  • LSV findings are sent to sector-specific Standards Verifiers (if this is a different person to the LSV)
  • Standards verification undertaken following/during LSV visit 
  • LSV placed at the centre all year round to ensure the centre is developing areas identified, acts as a point of contact for the centre, ensuring a coherent approach to managing the portfolio
  • At the end of the year, the LSV will submit a final report based on the verification activity that has taken place throughout the year
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For further details on the WBL Quality Assurance model, please refer to the Centre Guidance for Onscreen Test Delivery and Practical Assessment for the Pearson BTEC Level 2 in Introduction to the Role of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver (QCF) available on our webpage here.

Observation Record of Practical Performance for Unit 6

The observation record for learning outcomes 5 and 6, of unit 6, will no longer need to be sent to the Taxi inbox: taxi.obsrecords@pearson.com. This email address will not be monitored from mid-September 2019 onwards. The observation records will be reviewed by the SV at your centre-visit according to your sampling plan. Centres should retain learner observation records for three years.

An updated Observation Record will be available as an appendix within the updated Centre Handbook during September 2019.

If you have any queries, please email us.

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