Can I book an Arts Award training course?
Can I book a face-to-face or postal Arts Award moderation?
Trinity has made the safety of all our people the number one priority during the pandemic. This includes our staff, as well as those who would normally be interacting with customers, most notably our moderators. As a result Trinity has taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face exam sessions planned to take place until at least Easter weekend 2021. This will include all areas of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and all subjects including Arts Award face-to-face ‘standard’ and ‘postal’ moderations. Please see our full letter to centres and teachers here.
For customers impacted by our face-to-face moderation postponements this year, you have the following options:
We will be taking provisional bookings for face-to-face standard and postal moderations from April 2021 onwards, however please note that any face-to-face or postal moderation sessions will be subject to local, regional and/or national restrictions. We suggest utilising our remote online moderation options wherever possible.
What adaptations are being made available for centres delivering Arts Award and planning to moderate in summer 2021?
Visit artsaward.org.uk/erf to find our more and download the centre and adviser guidance.
Is there a requirement to make a request for adapted assessment as there was in summer 2020?
No, the adapted assessment arrangements for summer 2021 are available to all centres delivering Arts Award in this academic year. As the arrangements are focussed on the delivery and assessment of complete portfolios, centres do not need to make a request, but should review all the available guidance to adapt their delivery and make contingency plans in the event of further local or national school or business closures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Why is adviser only assessment not being considered for the assessment of qualifications?
Ofqual, the qualifications regulator, has conducted a series of consultations with awarding organisations about extending the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework used in summer 2020. It is expected that assessments of general and vocational qualifications will take place in 2020-2021, however, to mitigate localised disruption, awarding organisations and other stakeholders have worked together to develop adapted assessment arrangements that support learners to achieve their qualifications in full. This approach ensures qualification delivery and assessment is manageable, whilst maintaining standards, to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on learners.
Do we need to create portfolios in digital format in order to moderate?
The adapted assessment arrangements for summer 2021, strongly encourage all centres and advisers to develop contingency plans for the delivery of Arts Award. This includes collating evidence and portfolios in digital format in the event of further government restrictions, so that advisers have access to young people’s work to make their assessment and submit for moderation.
Centres submitting for moderation via remote online moderation will be required to submit portfolios in digital format.
Centres who only have portfolios available in hard copy format will need to wait until face-to-face moderation is available. Please be aware that despite our best efforts, local and national government restrictions may mean we need to withdraw this service at short notice. Therefore, centres should carefully manage their contingency plans and timeline to moderate work.
What should I do if I have started an Arts Award project prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and did not make a request for ERF adapted assessment in summer 2020?
The deadline for centres to submit a request for adapted assessment under the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework for summer 2020 has now passed. If you still have Arts Award qualifications you would like to finish or submit for moderation, please contact the team for advice on firstname.lastname@example.org
What about Discover certificate orders?
If your centre will be closed when certificates are due, and you wish certificates to be sent to an alternative address, please notify the moderation team as soon as your moderation booking is confirmed, or at the point of making a Discover certificates request.
Are Trinity offices still open?
If you have any questions, concerns, or require support, please refer to artsaward.org.uk/helpcentre or contact email@example.com. Alternatively, you may contact the Arts Award helpdesk on 020 7820 6178.