Releasing Potential Access to Fair Assessment Policy 2022-2023

Statement of Intent:

Releasing Potential aims to offer a variety of qualifications, which will provide all students with the opportunity to achieve their full potential, by the most appropriate and direct route. Our Access to Fair 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.

Students and parents/carers are made aware of the existence of this policy and have open access to it if/when necessary and/or appropriate. It can be found on the school website. All staff are made aware of the contents and purpose of this policy.

What students can expect from us:

  • Releasing Potential aims to ensure that all assessment of work is carried out fairly and in keeping with the awarding bodies’ 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 administered according to the requirements of the awarding body.
  • Where appropriate Access Arrangements and Special Consideration requests will be made to awarding organisations to ensure that no student is unfairly disadvantaged by any disability or learning difficulty.

Students can also expect:

  • To be fully inducted onto a new course and given information that can be shared with parents and carers.
  • To be provided with an initial assessment to ensure that any disability or learning difficulty will not unfairly disadvantage them during the assessment process.
  • 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 a student’s work can only be made if that work is entirely the student’s own. Therefore, students can expect an awarding body (ASDAN or NCFE) 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, and in line withReleasing Potential’s policy on Marking, Internal Moderation & Malpractice.

If a student feels he/she has been wrongly accused of cheating or plagiarism, they should be referred to the Releasing Potential Complaints Policy (general).

Policy Aim:

1.0 To ensure that assessment methodology is valid, reliable and does not disadvantage or advantage any group of learners or individuals.

2.0 To ensure that the assessment procedure is open, fair and free from bias and meets National standards.

3.0 To ensure that there is accurate and detailed recording of assessment decisions. In order to meet these aims, Releasing Potential will:

  • Ensure that learners are provided with assignments that are fit for purpose, to enable them to produce appropriate evidence for assessment.
  • Produce a clear and accurate assessment plan for the year during the Autumn term each year.
  • Provide clear, published dates for handout of assignments and clear deadlines for assessments.
  • Assess learners’ evidence using only the published assessment and grading criteria.
  • Ensure assessment practices meet current ASDAN & NCFE assessment requirements and guidance, including designating appropriate staff for Exams Officer and Internal Verifier (including Lead Internal verifier) roles.
  • Ensure that assessment decisions are impartial, valid and reliable.
  • Not limit or ‘cap’ learner achievement if work is submitted late.
  • Develop assessment procedures that will minimise the opportunity for malpractice.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of assessment decisions.
  • Maintain a robust and rigorous internal verification procedure.
  • Provide samples for Standards Verification as required by the awarding body.
  • Monitor Standards Verification reports and undertake any remedial action required.
  • Share good assessment practice between all subject/programme teams.
  • Ensure that school assessment methodology and the role of the assessor are understood by all school staff.
  • Provide resources to ensure that assessment can be performed accurately and appropriately.
  • Maintain and store securely all assessment and internal verification records in accordance with ASDAN and NCFE guidance.

If a student feels he/she/they have not been given fair access to assessment, they should be referred to the Releasing Potential Complaints Policy (general).

Review date: 1st August 2023