10 practitioner-led projects investigate outstanding teaching, learning and assessment of apprenticeship standards

Ten collaborative projects have now been commissioned to investigate the fundamental shift in teaching, learning and assessment of new apprenticeship standards.

Funded by the Education and Training Foundation, the projects are an opportunity for over 100 practitioners to explore, understand and share what outstanding looks like in the new approach to apprenticeships.

Each of the projects is focused on one or more programme themes:

  1. Collaborative approaches to teaching/training, learning and assessment between providers and employers
  2. Curriculum development based on the new standards
  3. Monitoring and assessing the progress of the apprentice
  4. Outstanding technical pedagogy in apprenticeship delivery

Julie Gibbings, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“The new standards represent a fundamental shift in the way apprenticeships are delivered. Employers play a central role, and new organisations now form an important part of the system, including end-point assessment organisations and universities. We are delighted that such a diverse and high-profile range of organisations is involved in the projects – including apprenticeship providers, colleges, universities, employers (such as British Airways, The National Theatre), local authorities, regional networks and end-point assessment organisations.”

The successful projects are exploring the following areas:

 Aim Awards Assessment  Effective preparation and delivery of end-point


 Chichester College  Developing the apprentice’s behaviours and mindset
 Plumpton College  Development of contextualised English and maths with the

employer and its impact on pedagogy

 Shipley College  Monitoring and assessing the progress of apprentices
 ZHQ Ltd  Effective curriculum design with the employer, in the

context of the workplace and job role

 Kendal College  On-programme assessment to develop professional skills

and behaviours

 CMS Vocational Training   

 (with WYLP)

 Effective training planning with the employer
 Sheffield Hallam University  Designing the curriculum with the employer without the

qualification structure in place

 Profile Development and

 Training (with KATO)

 Induction: Designing and mapping on and off-the-job

training with the employer

 Derbyshire Adult Community

 Education Service

 Effective mentoring support in the workplace


Kathryn Gundle, Head of Quality at Remit Training (and member of the OTLA Research Oversight Group), said:

“As a national apprenticeship provider who has started to deliver the new apprenticeship standards, we have experienced first-hand some of the challenges and areas for exploration that are required. We are really excited that these ten projects are tackling these topics head-on, and look forward to drawing on the research findings, practice and resources that emerge.”

Projects are in the early stages of their practitioner-research and will continue through to January 2018. Findings and practice will be shared in the coming months. The final set of practical and research outputs will be pulled together into an overarching Practitioner Toolkit by the Strategic Development Network (SDN) in early 2019, supported by a series of practice-sharing webinars.


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