The Vocational Quality Assurance Management (VQAM) team offer a comprehensive range of free development and networking events online. They are designed to meet the needs of different centre types and support everyone involved with quality assurance.

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Quality Nominee Networking Events 2024

These events are designed for UK centres delivering BTEC Entry/Level 1 to Level 3 and the BTEC Tech Awards from 2022.

We are back and we are live!

We are delighted to offer our face-to-face networking events again this summer. We have 33 in-person dates available where you can meet with colleagues from a range of other centres, share best practice and discuss quality assurance themes for the coming year.

The focus points for the networking events will be as follows:
-    Planning for next year and the quality assurance cycle,
-    Special considerations and reasonable adjustments – the how, why and when of the process?

Networking opportunities:
-    The quality assurance process - sharing good practice and feedback to consider for next year,
-    Artificial Intelligence – a chance to share your good practice and application of JCQ rules.

Headlines and brief updates:
-    BTEC Tech Awards in 2024/25 - key dates,
-    Level 3 Reform – where to go for the latest information.

Please note, bookings are to be made by Quality Nominees. Additional bookings for other staff members in your centre will be moved to a waiting list.

For those unable to attend in person, we will be following up these face-to-face opportunities with online events in late June. However, there will be no opportunity for networking and reduced content shared.

Venues are divided into UK regions below. Please select the booking link and complete the online form to reserve your place.

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Tuesday

14th May

Belfast

Glenavon House Hotel

52 Drum Rd, Cookstown BT80 8QS

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Monday

20th May

Manchester

Kings House Conference Centre

Kings House, Kings Church, Sidney St, Manchester M1 7HB

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Tuesday

11th June

Preston

Farington Lodge Hotel

Stanifield Lane, Farington, Lancashire, Preston PR25 4QR

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Wednesday

12th June

Liverpool

Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower

Chapel St, Liverpool L3 9AG

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Thursday

23rd May

Sheffield

Mercure Sheffield Kenwood Hall

Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa, Kenwood Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1NQ

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Wednesday

05th June

Newcastle

Caledonian Hotel

Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AT

10:00 – 12:30  Booking Link

Monday

10th June

Leeds

Weetwood Hall Estate

Otley Rd, Weetwood, Leeds LS16 5PS

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Thursday

13th June

Hull

Village Hull

Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Tuesday

21st May

Nottingham

Mercure Nottingham Sherwood

296 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG5 2BT

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Monday

10th June

Northampton

Northampton Town Centre Hotel by Accor

Silver St, Northampton NN1 2TA

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Thursday

16th May

Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Penarth Rd, Cardiff CF10 1RH

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Tuesday

21st May

Birmingham

The Birmingham Conference & Event Centre at Holiday Inn Birmingham

Hill St, Birmingham B5 4EW

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Monday

03rd June

Stoke

DoubleTree by Hilton Stoke

Etruria Hall Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5BQ

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Thursday

16th May

London

Thistle Holborn

36-37 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Monday

20th May

Reading

Holiday Inn Reading West

adworth Ln, Bath Rd, Reading RG7 5HT

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Tuesday

21st May

Guildford

Guildford Harbour Hotel

3 Alexandra Terrace, Guildford GU1 3DA

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Tuesday

04th June

Oxford

Leonardo Royal Hotel Oxford

Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8AL

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Wednesday

05th June

Maidstone

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Hollingbourne, Maidstone ME17 1RE

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Thursday

13th June

Portsmouth

Greene King - Farmhouse & Innlodge

Burrfields Rd, Portsmouth PO3 5HH

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Day Date Location Venue Time and Booking Link

Wednesday

22nd May

Bristol

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North

Woodlands Ln, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 4JF

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

Tuesday

11th June

Exeter

Exeter Rougemont Hotel

Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

10:00 – 12:30 Booking Link

On-Demand CPD 

Updated for 2023/24

Each pack will include a YouTube video that will provide an overview along with supporting activities and answer sheets. 

Free online support

LIVE events online

The following live events will be held online via our 'Zoom' training platform. To reserve your place, please follow the session link to complete the registration form. An email will be sent to confirm your booking and will include a link for you to add the meeting to your calendar. 

See our new Annual Quality Declaration guidance for further details about the process

For UK Centres only.

Duration: 1 hour

Aimed at: an excellent CPD opportunity for new and experienced Lead Internal Verifiers (LIVs).

The session will: take you through the key roles and responsibilities over the academic year with reference to the Annual Quality Assurance model. The event will cover:

  • Registration as a LIV
  • Team standardisation
  • The importance of assessment planning
  • Internal verification planning
  • Resubmissions and retakes
  • Standards verification
  • The quality assurance monitoring responsibilities as a Lead IV. 

 

Day Date Start Time Session Link

Tuesday

5 March

16:00 – 17:00

Register here

Thursday

18 April

12:00 – 13:00

Register here

Tuesday

7 May

16:00 – 17:00

Register here

Tuesday

18 June

12:30 – 13:30

Register here

Wednesday

10 July

16:00 – 17:00

Register here

For UK Centres only.

Duration: 1 hour

Aimed at: all Lead Internal Verifiers and/or Quality Nominees.

The event will provide practical support and advice on managing a smooth Standards Verification process. We will discuss the key milestones involved and associated administration, along with details of sample sizes for different suites and programme sizes. We will also be able to answer some of the FAQs from the last few years and identify where further support can be found.

Day Date Start Time Session Link

Thursday

14 March

12:00 – 13:00

Register here

For UK Centres only.

Duration: 1 hour

Aimed at: new Quality Nominees or those who wish to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the annual quality assurance cycle for BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 programmes.

The session covers all aspects of the quality assurance model and key milestones throughout the academic calendar. Key topics to be covered include:

  • Completion and submission of the Annual Quality Declaration
  • Lead Internal Verifier registrations
  • Holistic Review
  • Programme Control Measures
  • Standards Verification and centre quality assurance checks prior to certification claims
Day Date Start Time Session Link

Tuesday

12 March

12:30 – 13:30

Register here

For UK Centres only.

Duration: 1 hour

Aimed at: New Quality Nominees, those who may not have overseen BTEC qualifications before, or those returning to the role who would like a refresher of the responsibilities involved.

Join us for an introduction to the key responsibilities involved in the role of Quality Nominee. Throughout the session we will provide suggestions and tips that will help you to make a success of the role and ensure confidence in the quality assurance of your BTEC provision. This is recommended as the first event that you access so that you can have an overview of what is involved; we shall provide a clearer understanding of the other sessions available that will also enhance your role. 

Day Date Start Time Session Link

Thursday

21 March

12:30 – 13:30

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Wednesday

17 April

15:30 – 16:30

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Thursday

9 May

12:30 – 13:30

Register here

Monday

17 June

15:30 – 16:30

Register here

Tuesday

9 July

12:00 – 13:00

Register here

For UK Centres only.

Duration: 1 hour

Aimed at: New Quality Nominees, those who may not have overseen BTEC qualifications before, or those returning to the role who would like a refresher of the responsibilities involved.

Please join us for a run through of the quality assurance expectations attached to the redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards. The session will provide an overview of the key differences between the old and new Tech Award programmes and signpost the key dates schedule along with other useful guidance for running the Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs) and the moderation process. Please note, this event is not subject specific.

Day Date Start Time Session Link

Monday

18 March

12:00 – 13:00

Register here

Thursday

11 July

15:45 – 16:45

Register here

On-Demand CPD 

Updated for 2023/24

Each pack will include a YouTube video that will provide an overview along with supporting activities and answer sheets. 

Assessment

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Internal Verification

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Free On-Demand training pack

Watch Effective Internal Verification (16:22min)

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The bitesize video below has been created to walkthough the Annual Quality Declaration process. This is required for all UK and Channel Island vocational centres that have live learner registrations during the current academic year.

Annual Quality Declaration Walkthrough, 2023
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We can offer more

We also offer centre-specific support, such as:

  • Quality assurance Q&A session with your team
  • CPD opportunities for your staff
    • Internal Assessment
    • Internal Verification
    • Standards Verification

You can submit a request by completing our Pearson contact form. Further instructions can be found below and we aim to respond within 24 hours.

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