Following OCR being chosen by the Ministry of Justice to provide ICT qualifications to adult learners in England's prisons from August 2018, David Savidge and Natalie Jenkins, our Heads of Strategic Consortia, have drafted a letter to all Education Managers. Please make sure you read the letter carefully and carry out the necessary tasks.
Chosen by the Ministry of Justice to provide ICT qualifications to adult learners in England's prisons from August 2018, a full list of the available qualifications has been produced.
We have always provided a great range of qualifications and our offer to the offender learning sector is no different.
OCR's vision is that offenders, both in prison and supervised in the community, should be able to access learning. This will enable them to gain the skills and qualifications that will help them step into future education, training and employment. By enabling the recognition of the necessary and desired skills, we effectively support the sector with a positive contribution to reducing the risk of reoffending.
OCR is offering a solution to enable your students to access the assessment for Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills. Our solution means students will be able to conduct a search using a simulated search engine and send an email, without needing access to the internet. These two tasks are included in the assessment criteria for the qualifications.
To offer OCR on-screen tests, you need to become approved and then we can set you up to use the on-screen test system Surpass.
If you aren't an approved centre already, or need to add Functional Skills to your list of approved qualifications, please complete the vocational qualification approval form.
Once approved for Functional Skills, you need to complete the short sign up for on-screen tests form.
We have produced a comprehensive guide to running on-screen tests in a prison environment and a list of associated FAQs.
A list of the ICT qualifications available to adult learners has been produced and can be accessed below:
The latest offender learning summer newsletter is now available to download.
Hodder Education is offering a free tutor copy and a 50% student book discount on orders to support offender learning and delivery of OCR ICT and Computing qualifications. For a list of textbooks and to place an order, please complete the order form. Please email the completed order form to Resources.Endorsement@ocr.org.uk
Please note – to benefit from this offer, you must be a registered OCR centre delivering ICT under the new Ministry of Justice adult education contract (2019).
firstname.lastname@example.org, 02476 851509
Assad Razzaq, 07712 754282
Ruth Carter, 02476 856248
David Savidge (North) 07725 904517, Natalie Jenkins (South) 07850 290008