Plagiarism- the big “P” tips to look out for

The majority of learners take pride in completing their studies, take responsibility for their own learning, actively engage with the tasks set, keep to deadlines and take their learning seriously.  Nevertheless on occasion some learners may not do so.  Plagiarism, collusion and cheating undermines the integrity of any qualification.

Preparing for Assessment

Competence based qualifications allow great flexibility, allowing centres to choose their own suitable methods to assess learners. We are all steeped in the importance of formative and summative internal quality assurance checks, but pre-delivery internal quality assurance checks are a vital stage in planning and preparation for delivery.

New Qualification for Investigating Serious Incidents in Health Care

“Evidence from our site visits and provider information request showed that staff do not always receive specialised training and support in conducting an investigation. Previous reports, including the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s review of the quality of NHS complaints investigations, have equally highlighted the lack of a national, accredited training programme to support local…

Apprenticeship Reforms

The government has just released an update to their apprenticeship reform plans, including final levels of funding for new framework and standards starts from 1 May 2017. The new apprenticeship levy, which applies to all UK employers, is being introduced in April 2017.  The levy will be set at 0.5% of pay bill but only…

Continuing Professional Development

We all know what Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is.  It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then, importantly, apply. We may all automatically think of…

Top ten tips for writing effective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are an important method for assessing knowledge and understanding within vocational qualifications.  This is particularly the case given the rise of on-line assessment systems such as Just Assess (offered by SFJ Awards). Effective MCQs provide an indication that the learner has retained important information, principles and concepts relating to a specific…