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Arts Award adapted assessment: Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework 

We recognise that Arts Award centres continue to be impacted by the government restrictions in place to manage the coronavirus outbreak. We have developed new arrangements for adapted assessment under the ‘Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework’ for qualification delivery and assessment in 2020-2021.

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 young people.

Unlike the arrangements made in summer 2020, we will not be able to accommodate the submission of incomplete portfolios for moderation, on which to calculate the overall results. Under this new arrangement advisers will continue to deliver and assess young people’s portfolios in full and a sample of work will be moderated by Trinity. Adaptations under the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework will instead focus on:

  • Support with planning your Arts Award programme including building in contingency plans and collecting evidence in digital format, as is our recommendation
  • Adaptations to the evidence requirements and time guidance most notably at Silver and Gold
  • Advice and guidance on how to meet the existing requirements of Arts Award making best use of digital tools and arts and culture
  • The continuation of remote online moderation 

Adapted assessment arrangements are available to all centres delivering Arts Award this year. Centres are not required to make a request for adapted assessment.

Centres should download the ERRF Centre Guidance 2020-2021, which details the responsibilities of centres to ensure sufficient plans are put in place to support a range of young people to complete their Arts Award, building in any contingency plans so that young people are not disadvantaged by local or national restrictions.

In addition, advisers are offered guidance on acceptable adaptations to their Arts Award programme delivery and approaches to evidencing the award at each level, ensuring the qualifications are achievable.  Please see the adviser guidance for 'Discover, Explore & Bronze''Silver' and 'Gold'.

Arts Award’s Noval Coronavirus FAQ’s  also provide further information about how we are delivering moderation during the current period. 

The Arts Award team will continue to support centres and advisers through our remote support, webinar and blog, if you require any further information please contact us at: artsawardenquiries@trinitycollege.co.uk


Adapted assessment arrangements: Extraordinary Regulatory Framework, 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 have Arts Award qualifications that were started before the Coronavirus pandemic and would like to finish or submit for moderation, please contact the team for advice on artsawardenquiries@trinitycollege.co.uk