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How to conduct a tutor observation.

At OCN London we have developed a number of ways of assessing skills and knowledge in order to decide whether a learner has achieved their learning outcomes. One of these is tutor observation. This can form part of evidence for many of our qualifications and bespoke programmes.

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The seven essential digital survival skills.

Almost 12.6 million of the adult population lack basic digital skills and around 72 per cent of employers (in a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee) say that they are unwilling to interview candidates who do not have basic IT skills. Furthermore, according to a survey by Barclays Digital Development Index, 43 per cent of UK workers lack the digital skills needed by most jobs.

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How to produce a reflective learning diary.

You may be involved with courses, as a teacher, assessor or verifier, where learners are asked to produce a reflective learning diary. For some people this can be quite a difficult task if they’re not used to keeping written records or writing diaries.

We’ve come up with some tips to guide you through the process.

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New qualifications in digital skills will help us all to become digitally savvy.

Just days before the Brexit vote in June 2016, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published a report on the UK’s digital skills crisis. Its key message was that only “urgent action”, from industry, education and Government, can “prevent this skills crisis from damaging our productivity and economic competitiveness”.

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Age should not matter. How to address the worrying decline in mature learners

The numbers of mature part-time and full-time learners in higher education has declined by 61 per cent since 2010, according to recent research from the Office of Fair Access (OFFA).

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Why we need to teach British values and citizenship

We are living in a turbulent and uncertain world. The rise in hate crime, xenophobia and extremism that advocates violence is causing concern at all levels of British society, not just in the police and criminal justice areas. The government has responded to this by requiring education institutions, such as schools and colleges, to promote British values as a core responsibility.

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