Essay about Taqa 4

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Unit 401 - Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment.
1. Understand the context and principles of internal quality assurance.
1.1 Explain the functions of internal quality assurance in learning and development.
Credibility –
Centres must comply with standards set by awarding bodies for delivery of qualifications and keep an auditable track of all systems to provide evidence of competency. Once verification has taken place, the assurer acts as guarantor that the national standards have been met.
The reputation of a centre is paramount to providing on-going numbers and business growth, any negative experiences and reports will affect a learner or employer’s decision when looking for a
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5. Liaison between the SSC and the Awarding Organisations
Ensuring accuracy and consistency –
Accuracy and consistency between assessors may be very different for example some assessors may have a particular interest or strength in an area and have high expectations whereas others may be more relaxed. There may be gaps in an assessor’s background or knowledge which could lead to insufficient assessment.
Checking assessors understanding of what is required and what is deemed sufficient evidence is a large part of standardisation activities. These activities give assessors the opportunity to discuss standards and individual criteria to ensure all are looking for the same from learners.
Assessors can share samples of work and discuss strengths and weaknesses in order to reach a team agreement and by sampling various different approaches and sharing thoughts and feelings, assessors can experience a different viewpoint.
This will also aid the quality assurer in identifying learning needs of assessors or particular units which pose complications. These can be discussed throughout sessions and any arrangements for additional training can be made.
Assessing and managing risk –
There are many risks involved in assessment and learning. Being able to recognise those risks and reduce the likelihood is integral to quality assuring.
Risks could include: * Unnecessary stress * Over/under assessing * Unachievable expectations *

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