Concepts and Principles of Iqa

The key concepts and principles of internal quality assurance of assessment

In carrying out the internal quality assurance of assessment I consider the whole process of assessment and reflect that in my planning.The main areas I need to consider are:

    • the number of assessors
    • the number of candidates they each have
    • the qualifications and awards that are being delivered
    • the experience and competence of the assessor
    • planning to sample a range of evidence and   a number of units
    • planning sampling to be consistent for the duration of the qualification
    • ensuring standardisation activities are planned and carried out.

I have created a sampling planner which allows me to plan internal quality assurance of assessment. I use the planner to record the name of the assessor, the names of the learners and the units they are doing. I also record details such as the level of experience of the assessor, their caseload, any factors that may need to be considered in the internal quality assurance such as reasons that a portfolio may need sampling on a more regular basis. This could be for a number of reasons; a new qualification, an unqualified assessor, a unit that may have presented a challenge in gathering evidence, a learner or assessor experiencing difficulties. This information is the rationale behind the frequency of interim sampling and level of support which I may need to provide to assessors.

I try to ensure I plan sampling at appropriate and consistent intervals, and work to the company guideline which is ________.
I ensure that I use this as a guide only, so as not to over look any areas of concern, and I remain flexible to meet the needs of the assessors and candidates.

In order to provide adequate support for the assessors I ensure I maintain regular communication first and foremost. I speak to them at least weekly for an informal chat about how they are getting on with their learners. If there should...