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News and views in the field of vocational training and assessment, including the latest on end-point assessment, apprenticeships, competency schemes and qualifications.

Launch of our new Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. We hope you like the fresh new look and improved layout to help you find information on our training courses and consultancy more quickly and easily. We will continue to develop our website so please do check back for updates.

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2019 Course Dates

We are now taking bookings for our new 2019 course dates.  Full details are on our website or speak to Alison on 0800 088 6058 for further details. Courses offered are:


NVQ L3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement - £545+VAT

NVQ L4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice - £695+VAT

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Abu Dhabi Assessor Training Course

ATDirect Announces Courses in the Middle East

ATDirect is pleased to announce we are offering our range of UK accredited courses in the Middle East this April 2018, in partnership with AFAQ for Leadership Development LLC.


We are delighted that we can offer our first class, fast and flexible training days to all potential trainers, assessors and IVs in the Middle East.

We will be delivering our range of Trainer, Assessor and IV courses over the following dates:

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End-Point Assessment – Change, Change and More Change

Recent years have seen a proliferation of changes to the guidance on how vocational qualifications should be assessed, and also to the structure and role of the organisations put in place to ensure the standardisation of qualifications and assessment.


Assessors have been doing ‘end-point assessments’ since NVQs were set up, in that assessments are done only when the Learner/Candidate is ready to prove their knowledge & performance. There is nothing new in this, except that recent guidance appears to want to take the ‘Gove-ish’ view that all forms of assessment must be returned to high-pressure end-point scenario in the mistaken belief that this is more robust than doing any form of continuous assessment. High-pressure assessment, where everything depends on the outcome of one test, is wasteful and unfair, favouring those who are not adversely affected by the (artificial and non-representative) pressure in such situations.

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Construction Worker With Clipboard Assessing Digger Driver

End-Point Assessment – your questions answered

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) is a requirement of the new ‘Future Apprenticeship’ scheme. It is an independent assessment, which is undertaken at the very end of an apprenticeship and takes into account the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the learner.
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