Best Practice Network were one of the first two organisations to become an EPAO for the School Business Professional (SBP) Level 4 Standard in early 2019 and works with training providers, employers and apprentices on a national basis.
As an Ofqual regulated EPAO, Best Practice Network is approved to deliver end-point assessments (EPA) for the School Business Professional Level 4 apprenticeship.
While we specialise as an independent, separate body to apprenticeship training providers, we have considerable experience and knowledge of the sector as a provider of the Diploma for School Business Managers qualifications at levels 4 & 5.
"I work with several EPAO and BPN are by far the best. Spot on communication, useful training, responsive, professional assessor communication. I like how they remember who the staff team are and copy us in so we can see how the EPA process is progressing. Really held our hand through the first Gateway. Our apprentices always comment how they are put at ease. Thank you."
What is end-point assessment (EPA)
End-point assessment (EPA) is a vital part of any apprenticeship.
The DfE is developing standards to raise the quality of apprenticeships by responding to the needs of employers, who know what they want from their employees. EPA is the assessment process for the new apprenticeship standards in England.
The focus is now on the outcome of an apprenticeship and apprentices have to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified they need.
The purpose of the EPA is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world.
Government legislation states that EPA must be delivered by a separate body to the employer and training provider.
Employers should choose an appropriate End-point Assessment Organisation and agree on the price of EPA at the beginning of the apprenticeship journey.
The SBP Apprenticeship Assessment Offer
For the School Business Professional Apprenticeship, we offer a national, fully independent and dedicated assessment service; we are not involved in any way in the training of SBP professionals and as such can guarantee a service fully independent of the training provider.
Information on our EPAO offer can be found in our guidance document.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of our end-point assessment services, our team will be happy to help and can be contacted via:
Tel: 0117 920 9200
The role of an end-point assessor is to provide independent, fair, reliable, and consistent assessment services. Our assessors are required to use assessment experience with robust industry knowledge to form judgements and grading decisions.
Our credibility as an organisation is driven by our robust recruitment of highly credible personnel for School Business Professional related programmes, qualifications and apprenticeships, to ensure they have the appropriate qualifications, years of industry experience in the appropriate roles and membership of professional bodies.
Our core team includes:
Nickii Messer, Lead Assessor - Nickii has worked in education for 27 years, both in senior business leadership roles and consultancy. Nickii worked with the National College to launch the School Business Manager role and diploma programmes, receiving the NASBM (now ISBL) award for outstanding achievement for extensive work promoting SBMs.
Nickii’s passion is developing the skills and confidence of school business professionals, and she has many years of experience developing, delivering and quality assuring school business manager/professional qualifications. She is a regular national and international conference speaker and author.
Dean Boyce, Director of CPD and Accreditation - Tutor, assessor and moderator of CSBM/DSBM since 2008.
Harrison Jones, Lead Coordinator - Harrison has worked at Best Practice Network for just over 2 years, Working in End Point Assessments for School Business Managers level 4, He is also part of the NPQ Assessments team alongside NASENCO.
Harrison enjoys participating in motorsport, travelling and walking his dog.
Best Practice Network was one of the first two organisations to become an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the School Business Professional (SBP) Level 4 Standard.
As a registered EPAO, Best Practice Network is approved to deliver end-point assessments (EPA) for the School Business Professional Level 4 apprenticeship. While we specialise as an independent, separate body to apprenticeship training providers, we have considerable experience and knowledge of the sector as a provider of the Diploma for School Business Leaders qualification at levels 4 and 5.
Best Practice Network, supporting Outstanding Leaders Partnership, received the award for ‘Education Company of the Year’ at the 2020 Bett Awards. The judges said, “The external DfE Quality review demonstrates clearly that (Best Practice Network) is providing high-quality programmes to schools and their online and face-to-face training combination is impressive”.
'Education Company of the Year'
Best Practice Network is one of the UK’s largest providers of training, development, and support for education professionals with 97% of our candidates recommending us to a colleague.
We work in close partnership with practising education professionals to develop and deliver high-quality CPD, qualifications and assessments that help school leaders, early years practitioners, business managers, support staff and SENCOs be the best they can be and transform the lives of children and young people. Learn more about the programmes we offer.
To support effective provision of our SBPL4 services, we adhere to a range of relevant EPAO policies:
EPAO Appeals Policy
EPAO Complaints Policy
EPAO Conflict of Interest Policy
EPAO Equality and Diversity Policy
EPAO Fair Access Policy
EPAO Malpractice and Maladministration Policy
EPAO Reasonable Adjustments Policy
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