Brighton Hill Community School

Non-examination assessment policy

Information & Policies

Published on - 06-03-2018

Approved by: David Watkins 

Date:  19.02.18

Last reviewed on: 19.02.18

Next review due by: 19.09.18

Contents

1. Aims

2. Legislation

3. Definition

4. Roles and responsibilities

5. Task setting

6. Task taking

7. Authentication

8. Task marking

9. Malpractice

10. Enquiries about results

11. Monitoring

12. Links with other policies

 

1. Aims

This policy aims to:

2. Legislation

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) requires each exam centre to have a non-examination assessment policy. This is outlined in the JCQ’s instructions for conducting non-examination assessments, which we refer to when carrying out non-examination assessments in our school.

This policy also takes into account the JCQ’s guidance on post-results services and general regulations for approved centres.

3. Definition

The JCQ explains that non-examination assessments measure subject-specific knowledge and skills that cannot be tested by timed written papers. There are three assessment stages and rules which apply to each stage. The rules often vary across subjects. The stages are task setting, task taking and task marking.

4. Roles and responsibilities 

This section sets out the key responsibilities of staff in relation to non-examination assessments. For more detailed guidance on the requirements for conducting non-examination assessments, staff should read the JCQ guidance referred to above.

4.1 Head of centre

In our school, the head of centre is Chris Edwards Head Teacher

The head of centre is responsible for:

4.2 Senior leaders

Senior leaders are responsible for:

4.3 Subject leaders

Subject leaders are responsible for:

4.4 Teachers

Teachers are responsible for:

4.5 Exams officer

The exams officer is responsible for:

4.6 Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)

The SENCO is responsible for:

5. Task setting

Where the centre is responsible for task setting, in accordance with specific awarding body guidelines, heads of department and in some cases teachers will:

Teachers will ensure that candidates understand the assessment criteria for any given assessment task.

6. Task taking

Where appropriate to the component being assessed, the following arrangements apply unless the awarding body’s specification says otherwise.

6.1 Supervision

6.2 Advice and feedback

6.3 Resources

6.4 Group work

7. Authentication

Teachers will be sufficiently familiar with the candidate’s general standard to judge whether the piece of work submitted is within his/her capabilities.

Where required by the awarding body’s specifications:

8. Task marking

8.1 Internally assessed work

Teachers are responsible for marking work in accordance with the relevant marking criteria. Annotation will be used to provide evidence to indicate how and why marks have been awarded.

We will inform candidates of internally assessed marks as candidates are allowed to request a review of the centre’s marking before marks are submitted to the awarding body. 

We will also make it clear to candidates that any internally assessed marks are subject to change during the moderation process.

8.2 Externally assessed work

The format of external assessment will depend on the awarding body’s specification and the component being assessed. 

Teachers will ensure the attendance register is completed, clearly indicating those candidates who are present or absent. 

Where candidates’ work needs to be dispatched to an examiner, we will ensure it is sent by the date specified by the awarding body.

9. Malpractice

The head of centre and senior leaders will make sure teaching staff involved in supervising candidates are aware of the potential for malpractice.

Teachers will familiarise themselves with the JCQ guidance on sharing assessment material and candidates’ work

Teachers will be vigilant in relation to candidate malpractice. Candidates must not:

Failure to report allegations of malpractice or suspected malpractice constitutes malpractice in itself. Malpractice will be reported to senior leaders or directly to the awarding body.

10. Enquiries about results

We will make candidates aware of the arrangements for enquiries about results before they take any assessments.

Senior members of staff will be accessible to candidates immediately after the publication of results so that results may be discussed and decisions made on the submission of enquiries.

A review of marking is available for externally assessed components. We will obtain written consent from candidates for reviews of marking, and inform candidates that their marks may be lowered as a result of a review of marking.

A review of moderation is available for internally assessed components only when marks have been changed by an awarding body during moderations. If marks have been accepted without change, this will not be available. A review of moderation is not available for an individual candidate.

11. Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed by David Watkins – Deputy Head Teacher at the beginning of each academic year. At every review, an overview of the impact of the policy will be shared with the governing body for information.

12. Links with other policies

This policy should be read in conjunction with the assessment policy and reviews of marking – centre assessed marks policy.