The Internal Verification Policy

Introduction

This policy is to build on the effective Internal Verification system operated at CTSafe and to establish further consistency and standardization in the practice of internal verification. This policy embraces our commitment to policies and practices based on the principles of fairness, openness and transparency for its learners, customers and employees. The policy will continue to ensure that feedback received from awarding organizations about the quality of our provision is positive and will continue to ensure that assessment decisions made at the CTSafe are accurate and consistent.

Verification Aim

The aim of this policy is to implement a transparent, fair and consistent Internal Verification system based on best practice of Awarding organizations thereby ensuring that assessment and internal verification decisions made at the CTSafe are accurate and consistent and meet the national standards.

Verification Principles

The Internal Verification must ensure the accuracy and consistency of assessment decisions between assessors operating at the CTSafe and that assessors must be consistent in their interpretation. This Internal Verification will ensure that these principles are upheld by ensuring that all learners, assessors and internal verifiers know and understand their rights, responsibilities and accountabilities with regards to the process of internal verification at the CTSafe .

An effective Internal Verification system, established via consistent implementation of this policy and associated procedures, has the following benefits:

  • The CTSafe continues to develop the reputation and practice that attracts a diversity of learners who want to study in the organization and the employees from all backgrounds;
  • Enhanced levels of public confidence in the standard of learners progressing from the CTSafe with courses;
  • Consistently high levels of recruitment, retention and achievement of learners;
  • High levels of learner and staff satisfaction in learning and working practices;

Learners Entitlements:

Effective implementation of this policy will help to ensure that all learners studying program at the CTSafe are entitled to:

  • a comprehensive induction program, outlining the information, support and guidance available to them, the approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that will be employed, and the expectations of the program;
  • an individual learning plan and/or assessment plan based upon the outcomes of initial assessment, progress on the qualification and/or expertise/experience in the areas of study which identifies specific and challenging targets agreed with their assessor;
  • continuous guidance and support from assessors addressing progress in learning and achievement and lack of progress due to any difficulties being experienced;
  • have their work assessed and internally verified in terms of its validity, authenticity,

Learners Responsibilities:

Successful assessment and internal verification is a two-way process which also places responsibilities on the learners. Learner entitlements are most likely to be met fully when all learners:

  • Meet their responsibilities, as outlined in the CTSafe rules and regulations.
  • Meet targets established with their assessor in their learning / assessment plan.
  • Submit work for assessment in accordance with their learning / assessment plan.
  • Present evidence for assessment and internal verification when requested.

Teaching Staff Responsibilities

Teaching staff involved in delivering, assessing and internally verifying these qualifications are termed, Assessors, Internal Verifiers and Internal Verifier Coordinators. An overview of the role and responsibilities of these key staff are outlined below.

Assessors:

In addition to being occupationally competent, qualified and having relevant occupational expertise are responsible for:

  • Managing the assessment system from learner induction (including registration of learners), to assessment planning, feedback, assessment decisions, review, record keeping as required by the awarding body.
  • Assessing evidence of learner competence as appropriate.
  • Ensuring the learners’ evidence is valid, authentic, sufficient and current.
  • Maintaining accurate and verifiable records of learner assessment decisions and achievement, as required by the awarding organization.

  Internal Verifiers:

In addition to being occupationally competent, qualified and having relevant occupational expertise are responsible for:

  • Managing the internal verification system, from induction, to assessment planning, feedback, assessment decisions, review, record keeping, certification as required by the awarding organization.
  • Establishing procedures to ensure that all assessors interpret standards in the same way.
  • Regularly sampling evidence of assessment activities made by all assessors, across all aspects of assessment including direct observation of assessment practice.
  • Monitoring and supporting the work of assessors, including the facilitation of appropriate staff development and training for assessors.
  • Maintaining up to date records and sampling activity and ensuring that these are available for external verification.

Internal Verifier Coordinators:

In addition to being occupationally competent, qualified and having relevant occupational are responsible for:

  • Providing feedback to the external verifier on the effectiveness of assessment.
  • Ensuring that any corrective action required by the awarding body is carried out within agreed timescales.

Note: In teams where the role of internal verifier and internal verifier coordinator are being performed by the same person, the responsibilities and accountabilities of the internal verifier coordinator are in addition to those of the role of the internal verifier.

Management Responsibilities

The CTSafe Management should ensure that:

  • All teaching staff (i.e. assessors, internal verifiers and internal verifier coordinators) are fully conversant with this policy and the demands it places on them;
  • All teaching staff actively promote the principles of equality and diversity and health and safety in their teaching, assessment and internal verification;
  • All teaching staff receive appropriate training and development to enable them to meet their responsibilities and gain a common understanding of relevant standards and associated requirements;
  • All newly appointed teaching staff have induction training in the delivery, assessment and internal verification as required to enable them to meet their responsibilities.

 The success of the Policy Evaluation

  • Positive internal verification reports confirming that there is accuracy and consistency of assessment decisions between assessors and that assessors are consistent in their interpretation;
  • Positive external verifier reports confirming that standards are being consistently maintained, internal verification practice meets the awarding organization guidance/regulations and are being upheld and that the CTSafe continues to meet their requirements;
  • Positive audit reports confirm that the Internal Verification Policy is being consistently applied.

Responsibilities for Policy Implementation:

Responsibility resides at all levels across the CTSafe :

  • The General Director has overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy;
  • The General Director and his/her Assistant are responsible for overseeing the implementation;
  • Assistant for General Director and Courses Managers are responsible for ensuring that course teams (i.e. assessors, internal verifiers and internal verifier coordinators) collaboratively address the requirements of this policy;
  • The teaching staff is responsible for meeting Learners' Entitlements stated above.

Verification Review

The effectiveness of this policy will be monitored annually and reviewed every two years in light of experience and best practice. In considering the effectiveness of this policy consultation will be undertaken with staff and managers to assist in the review process.

The Board of Directors
20 Jan, 2020

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