Introduction

At Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy all our students and teachers are continuously engaged in the process of assessments. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy recognises that any internal assessment should be fair and consistent as outlined in requirements for national standards. Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy uses internal verification as a way of ensuring all assessments are fair, safe, valid and reliable.

Internal verification ensures that all internal assessments:

  • Are assessments that are fit for purpose
  • Are assessed accurately to national standards
  • Judge learner evidence against the assignment criteria
  • Utilise consistent assessment and grading across the programme of study 

Internal verification provides a link between internal assessment and externally accredited programmes and plays an important part of the Quality Improvement Process.

Moderator

The role of Moderator has been developed my Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy to not only provide a central focus for quality assurance of external accredited programmes, but also to show transparency and anti-biased practice by delegating this role to an external candidate who moderates and assesses other educational establishments offering the Functional Skills qualification.

The Moderator will monitor the quality of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy and will liaise with the external verifier and report any issues relating to quality assurance to the Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy.

Role of Internal Verifier

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Internal Verifier must”

  • Understand the assessment and verification process within the context of quality improvement
  • Have relevant understanding, skills and experience in the subject area
  • Consider arrangements for assessments and ensure any health and safety procedures are accounted for
  • Throughout all assessment procedures consider, and monitor equal opportunities and accessibility policies and procedures
  • Understand the criteria of which the student / candidate is being assessed and ensure that any issues surrounding the understanding of the criteria are passed on to the external verifier/moderator
  • Liaise with other education providers as well as other staff members of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy to ensure the standardisation of assessment practice is followed
  • When recording, storing or reporting confidential information, follow the policy and procedures set in place by Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy

Responsibilities of Internal Verifier

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Internal verifier has the following responsibilities:

  1. Evaluating internal assessment and quality improvement systems
  2. Supporting Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy assessors
  3. Monitoring the quality of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy assessor’s performance
  4. Ensuring that criteria for external quality improvement requirements are met

Evaluating internal assessment and quality improvement systems

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy internal verifier must make sure that:

  • Any arrangements for the application of internal verification meet the criteria of the external awarding body
  • Any administration and recording procedures comply with external data protection requirements
  • Assessors eligibility to undertake assessments is checked against awarding body criteria for asessors
  • Support and training for assessors is available
  • Standardisation of assessments is undertaken
  • An adequate policy and procedure is in place for complaints and appeals, this must meet the requirements of the awarding body. This policy and procedure must be followed when necessary
  • Any recommendations to improve internal quality assurance arrangements are passed on to Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy and awarding body (where applicable)

Supporting Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy assessors

The Kip McGrath Internal Verifier must ensure that:

  • All assessors have appropriate skills, knowledge and experience in the subject area being assessed
  • Assessors have a familiar understanding of specific assessments and follow any recording and internal audit procedures
  • Assessors developmental needs are identified prior to assessment in terms of principles of assessments, candidate needs, and/or expertise and competence
  • There is ample opportunity for assessors to develop their assessment experience and competence with their progress being monitored
  • There are regular opportunities for assessors to discuss standardised assessment decisions
  • All assessors have the ability to maintain and improve quality standards

Monitoring the quality of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy assessor’s performance

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy Internal Verifier must ensure that all assessors:

  • Effectively plan and prepare for assessment opportunities
  • When making assessment decisions have effective policies and procedures in place and follow them
  • Have methods for assessing candidates competence that are fair, safe, valid and reliable
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with candidates at all stages of the assessment process
  • Establish and follow any relevant health and safety policies and procedures
  • Ensure equal opportunities and accessibility issues are considered
  • Maintain secure, accurate records
  • Have received feedback on their assessment decisions from the internal verifier that is accurate and constructive

Ensuring that criteria for external quality improvement requirements are met

The Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy internal verifier must:

  • Understand the process for the internal assessments to be checked externally and ensure all information is gathered for this purpose
  • Plan, collect and analyse information regarding internal assessment decisions
  • Decide upon the arrangements for external verification
  • Provide any additional information that is required by external verifiers regarding the assessment procedure
  • Liaise with external verifiers and offer explanation (if required) to any issues that may arise
  • Act in a professional manner when raising any concerns or queries about any external audits
  • Refer any issues that cannot be dealt with internally to the awarding body
  • Provide feedback to assessors following external verification decisions

Other activities which may be carried out by the internal verifier

  1. Carrying out test samples on assessments
  2. Observing assessors during assessments
  3. Ensuring assessment activities and judgements are standardised

Carrying out test samples on assessments

When carrying out test samples the internal verifier must ensure that the sample procedure

  • Follows awarding body criteria
  • Has a random selection of all assessors, candidates, and areas for each subject or programme
  • Is ongoing
  • Evaluates all evidence and checks that it is valid, authentic, reliable, consistent and sufficient
  • Checks that any work that is verified by internal verifiers is not work that they themselves has assessed

Test samples on assessments should review the quality of the assessor’s judgement at both the formative (any and all stages of the assessment) and summative (the quality of the final assessment decision) stages.

Observing assessors during assessments

By observing the assessor during the assessment period, the internal verifier can gain an understanding of the Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy’s assessment process and understand how decisions are reached. This also gives the internal verifier an understanding as to how the assessments have been adapted to meet the individual needs of the candidates or students. 

Ensuring assessment activities and judgements are standardised

It is expected that the internal verifier will ensure that:

  • The assessments are consistent and reliable
  • Any records of meetings/activities surrounding standardisation are maintained kept
  • Any feedback that is required is given
  • Any issued that are raised surrounding individual candidates are discussed and any action that is required is taken