FAQs

Please find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

  1. Do I need to submit all sections again if I am applying to move to the higher level accreditation?
  2. Is it possible to seek exemption from submission for any sections of the portfolio on the grounds of successful completion of certificated prior learning?
  3. How will the Accreditation Panel know that what I say in my submission is an accurate and true reflection of the work I do and the role I fulfil?
  4. I don't have a line manager as I am self-employed/run my own business. Who should I ask to verify my account?
  5. What will happen to the submissions once the process is completed?
  6. If I miss the deadline do I have to re-register?
  7. One of my sections has been referred, what do I do?
  8. Will I have to start again if I am referred a second time following resubmission?
  9. How soon will I hear the outcome of the Accreditation Panel?
  10. Is there a limit set on the number of applications in any one registration period?
  11. Can mentors become members of the Accreditation Panel?
  12. Is there remuneration for mentors?
  13. How will the scheme be evaluated?
  14. What has NADP done to make the scheme inclusive?
  15. Do I need to disclose my disability?
  16. What about the idea of NADP offering Fellowships?
  17. Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Do I need to submit all sections again if I am applying to move to the higher level accreditation?

It is not necessary to resubmit sections already covered in a previous, successful application. However, a new Critical reflective Journal must be completed.

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Is it possible to seek exemption from submission for any sections of the portfolio on the grounds of successful completion of certificated prior learning?

It is not possible to seek exemption from submission of distinct parts of the application on the grounds of successful completion of certificated prior learning.

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How will the Accreditation Panel know that what I say in my submission is an accurate and true reflection of the work I do and the role I fulfil?

Applications must be reviewed by a colleague (preferably a line manager) who must sign to indicate that this review has taken place, that the submission has been read by the line manager, and that there are no reasons to question the content of the submission.

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I don't have a line manager as I am self-employed/run my own business. Who should I ask to verify my account?

It must be someone of professional standing who is prepared to sign the statement and include their organisation's stamp or logo. They should know you well and have some understanding of the work that you do on a daily basis.

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What will happen to the submissions once the process is completed?

Submissions will be stored electronically in the applicants own folder at the NADP Office in Northampton. This is to enable records to be kept and referred to should further submissions be made later in the applicants career for example, to ensure that two years have elapsed between submissions.

Additionally, at the discretion of the Accreditation Panel, sections of the submitted applications may be forwarded to the Editorial Board of the NADP Journal with the recommendation that they are worthy of publication and dissemination to a wider audience. The applicants permission will be sought prior to any publication. Recommendations may be made also about possibilities for sessions at NADP and other conferences so that dissemination of good practice occurs in as many ways as possible.

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If I miss the deadline do I have to re-register?

No. Registered applicants who do not submit will automatically be rolled forward to the next deadline. However, you cannot be rolled forward more than once on 1 registration fee. Bear in mind that the level of support from your Mentor is a total amount of support per registration and missing a deadline does not allow you to start your mentoring 'allowance' from scratch.

Remember that only in exceptional circumstances can alternative deadline dates be negotiated with the Chair of the Accreditation Panel.

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One of my sections has been referred, what do I do?

Only referred sections need to be re-submitted and you cannot change your section choice.

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Will I have to start again if I am referred a second time following resubmission?

Yes. You will have to start the Registration process from the beginning, complete all sections and pay the fee a second time. This is because the processing costs for NADP will need to be covered.

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How soon will I hear the outcome of the Accreditation Panel?

Following receipt of submissions, applicants will be informed of the decision of the Accreditation Panel within a maximum of twelve working weeks after the application deadline.

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Is there a limit set on the number of applications in any one registration period?

In exceptional circumstances where the volume of registrations warrants it, we reserve the right to close registration for a particular deadline and defer all subsequent registrations to the next deadline date. This is to avoid overburdening the Accreditation Panel and incurring additional costs.

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Can mentors become members of the Accreditation Panel?

It is essential for the success of the scheme that there are systems in place to allow for the infusion of new thinking into the activities of the panel. Consequently, NADP has decided that before members can be invited to or can apply to join the Accreditation Panel they must normally have worked in the role of mentor to a minimum of 20 colleagues/applicants.

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Is there remuneration for mentors?

No. The NADP Accreditation Scheme has been established with the aim of contributing to the professional development of staff employed in disability services sections in post-16 education and training organisations and institutions. The scheme is not and must not be seen as a strategy to increase the income of NADP neither should it overload the administrative burden on NADP staff nor that of applicants and mentors. A system has been put in place to ensure that the accreditation scheme is self-funding since it does involve additional administrative costs for NADP. Within this, it is envisaged that members of NADP will be willing to act as mentors as part of their own contribution to the professional development of colleagues. For some mentors, taking on the role could be a helpful addition to their CV and to providing additional experience/skills, and qualities which might be taken into account when seeking promotion or applying for different posts.

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How will the scheme be evaluated?

There will be a feedback questionnaire for applicants upon receipt of the application, and mentors and markers will provide an annual anonymous generic report to the Chair of the Accreditation Panel.

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What has NADP done to make the scheme inclusive?

Inclusive design principles have governed the development of the Accreditation Scheme. Applicants, for example, can submit in a range of formats and there is no penalty for missing the first deadline.

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Do I need to disclose my disability?

If you feel that it is necessary to disclose your disability, please contact the NADP office and a member of the Accreditation Panel will discuss any necessary reasonable adjustments with you. The information will be kept confidential. Marking is anonymous and you can discuss whether you feel that the markers should be made aware.

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What about the idea of NADP offering Fellowships?

Within the context of post-16 education, the concept of Fellowship carries with it some notions of recognised high status. Accordingly NADP proposes that a small number of members will be invited to apply for Fellowship status. They are likely to have acquired additional postgraduate level qualifications and have had considerable experience of management roles in relation to supporting disabled students in post-16 education. In addition they will have taken on significant roles and responsibilities within their institutions or organisations. Also they will be actively involved in work to improve policy and provision for disabled students outside the institution at a regional/national/ international level.

There is further work to be done, in consultation with Members regarding the processes involved in both Inviting and applying for this level of accreditation.

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Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If you do have further questions and/or constructive comments/feedback about the accreditation process, please direct these in the first instance to the NADP office in Northampton (e-mail to admin@nadp-uk.org).

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