Access to Assessment
1.1 Elite Care fair assessment policy describes access arrangements for learners on Ofqual Regulated Qualification
2. Elite Care Policy on Qualification Assessments is to:
2.1 Ensure fair access and equality of opportunity whilst preserving the integrity of the qualification.
2.2 Ensure there are no obstacles to achievement.
2.3 Provide on-going support to learners, including those with particular requirements and those requiring special considerations.
2.4 Take into account current legislation with regards to the equality and equal opportunity.
3. Access to Fair Assessment:
3.1 Elite Care trainers and assessors will:
a) Be conversant with and abide by the all our approved awarding body's, Equality, Diversity and Access to Assessment Policy (P8) sections (4) and (5) in regard to fair assessment and special considerations under Ofqual centre requirements.
b) Create assessment activities with regard to the equality and diversity of learners.
c) Ensure that assessment activities are flexible to meet the needs of all learners without creating undue advantage.
d) Use plain language, free of jargon and appropriate pace relevant to the learners.
e) Request pre-notification of any learner’s special considerations so that appropriate training and assessments can be planned.
f) Complete: Access to Training & Assessment Form Special Needs in Advance of the Course form available from where there is pre notification of needs.
g) Complete the form: Special Considerations Form Regarding Unforeseen Occurrences where there is no pre notification of considerations.
h) Ensure reasonable adjustments to assessments are made without any undue advantage gained by the learner and hindrance to others.
i) Clearly explain the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
j) Maintain regular dialogue with the learners as to how they are progressing throughout their assessments.
k) Provide Elite Care and ultimately the awarding body, with the assessment documents and the completed Access to Special consideration documents.
l) Complete the End of Course Details Form , and annotate any reasonable adjustments that have been made and return to awarding body
4. Elite Care in conjunction with awarding body guidance will ensure that via its Internal Quality Assurance activities:
a) The assessment approach for the qualification is appropriate, fair and reliable without any undue advantage.
b) Ensure that the assessments meet the requirements of the awarding body, and regulators.
c) Ensure that records of assessment and any adjustments are clearly detailed to support the assessment decisions.
d) Ensure the assessment decisions are fair and free from bias.
e) Provide all documentation to its awarding body,
5. Elite Care Internal Quality Assurance
5.1 Elite Care will review learner assessment evidence, ensuring it is complete, accurate and the outcome considered appropriate for the qualification/award.
5.2 Elite Care will ensure that it uses trainers/assessors that are regularly internally quality assured by a centre representative in line with current guidance e.g. annually to meet HSE requirements for trainer/assessors of first aid qualifications.
5.3 Elite Care will in addition and where appropriate undertake unannounced visits to its courses.
5.4 Elite Care will support, Ofqual Regulated Qualification in its activities of externally quality assuring assessment decisions on its courses.
5.5 Use the outcomes of any internal quality reviews to enhance future assessment practices
6. Course Learners Will Receive From Elite Care :
a) An induction at the beginning of each course detailing the outline of the course and the assessment criteria.
b) Information of the complaints and appeals procedure if they feel they have a grievance of any nature either during or following course completion.
c) Their own assessment plans and regular feedback, which are available to be viewed during the training activity.
d) An indication of achievement at the time of assessment. Pass/Fail is ultimately the responsibility of the awarding body however learners may receive an indication from the trainer at the time of the activity.
e) A fair and appropriate opportunity to achieve.
7. Appeal Against Assessment Decisions
All learners may appeal (within published time deadlines – 3 weeks) against assessment decisions to the following:
Escalation to be considered only after previous level of response has been exhausted:
1. Elite Care Manager
2. Chef Executive Officer – awarding body
3. National Regulators – SQA Accreditation, Ofqual – national external regulators of qualifications