Access to Fair Assessment Statement – w.e.f. 30/6/2017

Date of Release: 1st June, 2017 Version 1.0

Statement of Assessment

  • We aim to provide a variety of courses & qualifications which provide all students with the opportunity to achieve their full potential by the most appropriate and direct route.
  • Our Assessment Policy is based on the concepts of equality, diversity, clarity, consistency and openness.
  • We will endeavour to ensure that the assessment processes are implemented in a way which is fair and non-discriminatory.

Access

Students are made aware of the existence of this policy and have open access to it. It is shared with the students as a hand-out at the time of admission and also available online on the student micro-site.

All faculty are made aware of the contents and purpose of this policy.

This policy is reviewed annually and may be revised in response to feedback from students, Faculty and external organisations.

What students can expect from us

  • We aim to ensure that all assessment of work is carried out fairly and in keeping with the awarding body’s requirements.
  • All portfolio-based work will be assessed fairly against the qualification standards and teachers involved will be fully trained.
  • Internal assessments will be carried out fairly and according to awarding body instructions.
  • Externally marked tests and exams will be according to the requirements of the awarding body.

Students can also expect:

  • To be fully inducted onto a new course and given information that can be shared with parents and/or guardians.
  • Learning outcomes, performance criteria and other significant elements of learning and assessment to be made clear at the outset of the course and when assignments are set.
  • To be given appropriate assessment opportunities during the course with feedback provided on the quality of the work.
  • All work to be marked within two weeks of submission by the student.
  • Where equivalents and exemptions can be applied, we will ensure this is pursued with the relevant awarding body.

Cheating and Plagiarism

A fair assessment of student’s work can only be made if that work is entirely the student’s own. Therefore, students can expect an awarding body to be informed if:

  • They are found guilty of copying, giving or sharing information or answers, unless part of a joint project
  • They use an unauthorised aid during a test or examination
  • They copy another student’s answers during a test or examination
  • They talk during a test or examination. All allegations of cheating and plagiarism will lead to a full investigation which will follow the guidance of the relevant awarding body. If a student feels he/she has been wrongly accused of cheating or plagiarism, they should be referred to the Complaints Policy.

Reasonable Adjustments

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the student at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the reliability and validity of the assessment outcomes, and the work produced by the student will be marked in the same way as the work of other assessed learners.

Special Consideration

Each request for special consideration will be unique to each student or assessment and a student who is fully prepared and present for a scheduled assessment may be eligible for special consideration if:

  • Performance in an assessment is affected by circumstances beyond the control of the student for example a recent personal illness, accident, bereavement, serious disturbance during the assessment
  • Part of an assessment has been missed due to circumstances beyond the control of the student

A student will not be eligible for special consideration if:

  • No evidence is provided to the Academy that the student has been affected at the time of the assessment by a particular condition
  • Any part of the assessment is missed due to personal arrangements including holidays or unauthorized absence
  • Preparation for a component is affected by difficulties during the course, for example disturbances through building work, lack of proper facilities, changes in or shortages of staff, or industrial disputes.
  • Students should note that, where an assessment requires them to demonstrate practical competence or where criteria have to be met fully, or in the case of a license linked qualifications, it may not be possible to apply special consideration. Special consideration should not give the student an unfair advantage neither should its use cause the user of the certificate to be misled regarding a student’s achievements. The student’s result must reflect his/her achievement in the assessment and not necessarily his/her potential ability.

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