The Function of Eqa

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment
Criteria 1.1 By Bradley Holt.
To work in a trade one has to learn about it and qualify in it. In order to gain credibility, one has to be assessed and gain the qualifications in that trade and in order to practise and turn it into a career, the qualifications earned have to be awarded through an organisation with a reputation for credibility and fairness that is known and trusted by everyone who will depend on it.
The learner must know and believe that it is relevant and challenging, the assessor must know and believe that it trusted and fair, the person who employs the learner must know and believe that the qualification given, allows the learner to work in that trade or career and finally members of the public must believe that anyone who claims to be approved by that awarding organisation is fully qualified to a high standard and are trustworthy because the awarding organisation over its lifetime, has gained the approval and respect of the general public. The above is the basis for any qualification to gain widespread acceptance.
For this to happen, the training and following assessments within the award must of necessity be of the highest standard to reflect the integrity of the awarding organisation. Within the centre any training and assessing is monitored by IQA staff who are members of the college teaching staff, it is their responsibility to check that all centre assessors are working to standards that are consistent and fair both in word and deed. As long as any teaching or training given to learners covers all the award framework, usually from an approved scheme of works, it is up to the teachers’ themselves how this is done, however it is imperative that the assessors work and assess to a written strategy (if one is in place) and just as the IQA will monitor how the training is delivered to ensure consistency, the EQA will sample the IQA doing this to ensure...