NCFE announce Window 6 of their Assessment Innovation Fund

The next round of the Assessment Innovation Fund focuses on assessment within vocational education, helping UK adults develop the skills they need to gain and maintain employment.


Two organisations will be awarded up to £150,000 funding each for large-scale impact projects lasting between 18 and 24 months.

Window 6 of the Assessment Innovation Fund is being supported through our Strategic Partnership with NCFE, designed to encourage the development of learner-centric and adaptable assessment solutions; harnessing digital technology to create a more inclusive, robust, fairer, and reliable assessment experience.

Applications open on 12th February and close on 12th March 2024.


Applications are encouraged from training providers, awarding organisations, EdTech businesses, Colleges and other organisations interested in changing the future of assessment.

The fund will leverage NCFE and Ufi’s combined resources and knowledge to advance vocational education and skills development in the digital age.

By supporting practical demonstrations of the ability of VocTech in assessment, the fund will build trust, confidence, and value for stakeholders including learners, educators, employers, and government.

To find out more about the fund, try the eligibility checker and apply, visit the Window 6 Assessment Innovation Fund page.

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Background to the Assessment Innovation Fund

NCFE’s pioneering £1m Assessment Innovation Fund, launched in 2021, is a catalyst for change - providing evidence-based, alternative assessment solutions, where the impact of a project’s ideas can be tested in real life within a supportive environment.

To date, more than 3,000 learners and over 200 educators have already participated in 12 funded pilots, exploring the use of VR and AR in assessment, digital badging, the effects of immersive and interactive story-based assessments, and online platforms.

Hear from Sheffield College, who were awarded funding through NCFE's Assessment Innovation Fund to support its research on assessment, which focused on catering, animal care and construction:

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