The LRN Governing Council and SMT were deeply saddened, on the evening of Thursday 8th September 2022, to hear of the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We at LRN would like to express our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Her Majesty led her people by example; her grace and dedication to her country epitomised the resilience and fortitude of the British people.
As a proud recipient of the Queens Award for Enterprise, in 2020, LRN is extremely grateful for Her Majesty’s commitment to the development of education and charitable endeavours. The loss of our Sovereign will be felt in a profound way, not just in our places of work, but in our homes and throughout our daily lives.
LRN is thankful for the devotion that Her Majesty gave to our country over the years of her reign. In going forward, we look with positive anticipation as to what the future holds for King Charles III.
LRN Awarded Highest Official UK Business Award by Her Majesty, The Queen.
Learning Resource Network (LRN) was awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (International Trade) in 2020. The award recognises LRN’s efforts in furthering its outreach of qualification provision in the UK and also, predominantly, in its overseas market.
To officially recognise this achievement, on 10 November 2021, the Chief Executive Officer (Muhammad Tariq) attended an official reception Windsor Castle to meet senior members of the Royal Family. The event at Windsor Castle was hosted by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales with other members of the Royal Family in attendance, including Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Honorable Lady Ogilvy.
The reception was followed by an awards ceremony on 23 November 2021, where the LRN team met with and was awarded their certificate. The certificate is signed by both her Majesty, The Queen and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and was presented by the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Nick Bracken, OBE.
The Queen’s Award is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of the wider LRN team (includes examiners, moderators, item writers, administration staff, Governing Council members and Senior Management Team members) all over the world.
Muhammad Tariq, CEO of the LRN said, “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade is a great testament to the hard work and commitment by the LRN team – and to meet so many members of the Royal Family at the reception was a day that will stay with us all. Not only is it important to be recognised as meeting such high standards, but it is also rewarding to be acknowledged as the peers of other awardees. This award has boosted team morale throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to a continuing bright future at LRN.”
Dr Lawrence Watson, the Chairman of LRN’s Governing Council said, “As an organisation, we’re driven by securing achievements for our staff, centres, wider stakeholders and most importantly, our students. It is wonderful when we are recognised by an award such as this. Working so hard, as we have all done through the pandemic, attending the award event was a great opportunity to meet and talk with other like-minded businesses and organisations.”
Andrew Rosindell, Member of Parliament for Romford said, “LRN is a dynamic and enterprising business and the work that it does leaves a positive impact all over the world, with thousands of students benefiting from a wonderful education and the opportunity to grow and develop as people who can then help their own communities. I’m very proud to see that my constituency is home to such enterprise and success.”
Councillor John Mylod, Mayor of Havering, said, “This is a great day for the London Borough of Havering – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade is the highest business award in the UK and we are so proud that this Havering-based company has been recognised. Not only was the event itself remarkable, but it also underpins the commitment that Her Majesty The Queen has always had towards industry, commerce and enterprise. LRN’s product touches lives all over the world and the Commonwealth and it is most fitting that their dedication to education is so keenly acknowledged.”
LRN Welcomes 2021 Cohort for International GCSE and AS/A Levels
LRN’s new suite of international general qualifications is open to registration as of September 2021. This means that students studying internationally can take International GCSE and AS/A Levels with LRN. This represents the opportunity for students all over the world to benefit from International GCSE and AS/A Level qualifications with LRN.
Learning Resource Network (LRN) gets Queen’s Award for Enterprise following hard graft and global staff loyalty
Learning Resource Network (LRN) in the UK has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. LRN is one of 220 organisations in Britain to be recognised with this prestigious accolade.
The CEO of LRN, states: “This is another proud moment for LRN, its staff and stakeholders. Winning this award symbolises the hard work, dedication and loyalty from all who have worked with our organisation over the last three years.”
LRN is looking towards celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.
LRN Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Learning Resource Network (LRN) is keen to ensure its stakeholder network is kept informed as to how it intends to monitor, manage (within its limitations) and remains focused given the recent announcement as to the pandemic nature of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19).
LRN wishes to assure centres it is working with the necessary regulatory bodies and UK health agencies regarding the curtailment of contact with those who are displaying symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
As of immediate effect (12/03/20), I am restricting LRN’s (office-based staff) contact with external stakeholders. This includes attendance at conferences, seminars, centre audits and centre review meetings. I, along with the Senior Management Team (SMT) are meeting weekly to discuss the ever-evolving situation; I will update stakeholders as the position changes.
Internal exams along with assignment based exams will run as normal. However, there will be some disruption at our exam-based centres (within the UK and Overseas) with regard to speaking, listening, reading and writing exams. In countries where local government has restricted gatherings or congregation of people, including schools, colleges and training centres, we expect there to be some changes to exam schedules.
LRN is in communication with centres and agencies within the UK and Overseas with a view to returning to business as usual as soon as this is permissible. We will keep you informed. Please note, information updates will be made via the portal (www.portal.lrnglobal.org) and via its website (www.lrnglobal.org).
Centres who have booked exams and now need to reschedule or cancel their exams should refer to LRN’s policy on refunds and transfers. This is available via the portal. Please note, LRN will grant additional flexibility in the application of this policy.
Further information is available via www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 or https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
LRN would ask that all centres follow the advice of local government and official institutions. For further advice, please email us at email@example.com.
LRN develops three-dimensional (3D) game app for young learners
Learning Resource Network (LRN) has created a new three-dimensional (3D) application, which allows young learners to boost their confidence and improve their English skills.
The LRN Young Learners’ English (YLE) game will allow the learners to prepare for the LRN YLE tests. The application is interactive, enjoyable but most importantly, instructive in assisting the formative development of cognitive skills. The game will enable learners to test their skills in reading and listening.
The game has eight levels; which increases in difficulty to provide a challenging yet rewarding playing (while learning) experience. The game allows learners to collect digital medals as they progress throughout the levels. The application is available on Android and iOS.
In releasing the application, LRN’s CEO said: ”The panda game app will allow young learners to enhance their skills whilst playing in an enjoyable yet creative way. I hope this will give young learners the confidence to learn English anywhere, anytime, whilst progressing at their own pace”
YLE Available on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/
YLE Available on Android: https://play.google.com/store/
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LRN Delivers Excellence – Plus Interest – With New Award
In November 2019, Romford based Learning Resource Network (LRN) was delighted to learn that it had been awarded the government accolade of Compliance Plus.
Ahead of the learning curve
Having already gained – and retained – the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard (known as the gold standard for customer service delivery), in December 2018, LRN has gone from strength to strength; resulting in the new award for extended efforts in providing outstanding customer service. The Compliance Plus award was welcomed by LRN’s CEO, Muhammad Tariq, who says, ‘The Compliance Plus award means that we have surpassed good customer service to achieve great customer service. We’re particularly pleased with the fact that we gained the award through first delivering on our service promises and providing value for our customers and, secondly, being judged superior to many similar providers in the industry.’
LRN can consider itself in good company as previous recipients of the Compliance Plus award include the library of Liverpool University, UK Engage and Southway Housing.
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End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)
LRN is pleased to announce that following an extensive application process, it has been approved as an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) to deliver end-point assessments for the Team Leader / Supervisor at Level 3. Approval was granted on 28/05/2019 from the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
End-point assessment (EPA) is the process for assessing an apprentice via a combination of assessment methods. LRN will shortly establish a dedicated website for employers, apprentices and other interested parties. Our website will include information such as the standards, assessment plan, timescales for EPA and a frequently asked questions section.
The Chief Executive Officer for LRN, Muhammad Tariq said: “LRN looks forward to working with its apprentices, employers and partners across businesses. We are committed to ensuring all users will benefit from a first class apprenticeship assessed by highly qualified and knowledgeable industry professionals at LRN.”
Customer Service Excellence
LRN has been awarded the Cabinet Office’s prestigious Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Standard. LRN is the first Awarding Organisation in the world to have been awarded CSE.
CSE is the gold standard award for customer service delivery, recognising that a public or private sector organisation delivers services which are efficient, effective, and place customers at the heart of the service provision.
LRN was assessed against specific criteria, including a range of policies, procedures and processes. The assessor corroborated a number of processes with our customers and spoke with staff in different roles.
The assessor report concluded:
”LRN demonstrated a clear willingness to cater effectively to its international customers and this was verified by way of conversation with a selection of customers based in Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan who made very positive comments on the quality of service delivery and were clearly Customers who felt engaged, consulted and valued.”
LRN’s CEO, said:
LRN is extremely proud to be recognised as the first Awarding Organisation to be achieve the Customer Service Excellence Standard. This is a testament to LRN’s commitment to meeting the needs of its customers through a professional, attentive and customer centric attitude to delivery.
LRN’s International English Language Competency Assessment (IELCA) is now recognised in Ukraine.
LRN is pleased to announce that its IELCA qualification is recognised by:
- Ukrainian Medical Council,
- Ukrainian Council of Nursing and Midwifery and
- Ukrainian Professional Council of Public Health Services.
IELCA assesses four aspects of English language that include reading, listening, speaking, and writing and offers two routes: Academic and General Training. The Academic module assesses candidate ability to access undergraduate or postgraduate courses in educational institutions, colleges, and/or universities of English-speaking countries. The General Training assesses English language skills in a wide range of frameworks and is also appropriate for people who need English for use in secondary education for immigration purposes, work experience and other training purposes. Both routes assess four components of the language ability, i.e. reading, listening, speaking and writing.
LRN’s CEO, said:
“We delighted that the Ukraine Medical Council has recognised IELCA as a high stake exam. The Ukraine Medical Council is also working with LRN to deliver a range of qualifications in Ukraine.”
LEARNING RESOURCE NETWORK SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH BANK ALFALAH (PAKISTAN)
Bank Alfalah Limited is a private bank in Pakistan owned by the Abu Dhabi Group. Bank Alfalah was incorporated on June 21, 1997 as a public limited company under the Companies Ordinance 1984. Its banking operations commenced from November 1, 1997.
The Chief Executive Officer of LRN said: LRN is extremely pleased that the Bank Alfalah chose to register its employees with LRN. The Bank’s employees will be registered on LRN’s Islamic Banking qualifications. The Bank Alfalah is the first bank in Pakistan to choose a UK Awarding Organisation to ensure their employees get a valid, reliable and globally recognised qualification.
LEARNING RESOURCE NETWORK SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH DUBAI’S HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Learning Resource Network (LRN) is now a recognised international Awarding Organisation in Dubai. Candidates who hold any of LRN’s qualifications will receive a statement of recognition showing comparability with the UAE National Qualifications Framework (QFEmirates).
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. KHDA support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high-quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.
The Chief Executive Officer of LRN said: LRN is extremely pleased and immensely proud to be recognised in Dubai. LRN’s qualifications are reliable and externally assessed which gives more credibility to candidates, the Higher Education Institutes and its respective employers.
The British Assessment Bureau (BAB) has awarded LRN the international ISO 9001:2015 certification for provision and online verification of certificates and awards.
LRN signed the articulation agreement with Middlesex University for the LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies.
NEAS Australia recognised LRN Teaching Qualification, ELTAC.
The British Assessment Bureau (BAB) has awarded LRN the international ISO 27001:2013 certification for provision and online verification of certificates and awards.