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Keywords e.g. warehousing
Qualification Code e.g. 600/5640/X
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF498
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Open Awards Unit Code e.g. UA33ART12
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF521

Assessment / Awarding

There are four categories of mitigation that will be available depending on the qualification:

  • Calculation of results
  • Adaptation to assessment
  • Delay of assessment
  • No mitigation due to there being no learners due to complete this summer.

The majority of our qualifications will be in scope for calculation of results. 

There is a full list of Open Awards qualifications within scope for mitigation available to view on our website here.

Yes. As long as you are able to administer assessments in the usual way for your centres and learners, then these can continue.

If you are unable to administer assessments, or learners are unable to access these, then we will be looking at alternative arrangements for any assessments due to be completed during Summer 2020. This may include calculation of grades, or adaptation to assessments depending on the qualification level, purpose and progression routes. 

If you are considering making any changes to the qualification being offered or the mode of delivery, please contact us to discuss on quality@openawards.org.uk.

Functional Skills assessments due to take place between now and the end of the academic year will be given a calculated grade (pass/fail). This covers legacy and reformed qualifications for Maths, English and ICT at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

This includes centres submitting a Centre Assessment Grade (CAG) for each component a learner was due to complete an assessment for.

You will need to submit CAGs for learners expected to pass and learners expected to fail.

CAGs will go through an external quality assurance process before results are confirmed.

There is full guidance on the process for this available to download on the Portal.

If you are able to deliver assessments as normal, then you are able to continue with these. Any learner who is unable to access an assessment in the normal way for your centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, will be given a calculated grade. 

Yes legacy functional skills qualifications will be extended to the end of December 2020.

The last date for assessment will be 31s October 2020 to reflect this.

However, learners registered to legacy qualifications will be given an estimated grade in Summer 2020. Assessments after Summer 2020 will therefore only be applicable for learners whose centres are unable to participate in the calculation of a grade or those who require a resit.

This will depend on the individual circumstances, taking into account factors including: what the qualification is; how much work has been completed; the progression routes; and the assessment methodology.

The latest guidance from DfE is that as many learners as possible should receive grades for their vocational qualifications this summer as possible. The majority of Open Awards qualifications are in scope for a calculated grade.

There is a full list of Open Awards qualifications within scope for mitigation available to view on our website here.

Full guidance on how to submit a Centre Assessment Grade (estimation of result) for your learners is available to download from the Portal.

Where assessments for vocational qualifications can be completed remotely without requiring an adaptation, these can continue as normal.

However, we ask that you take into account how you can ensure the authenticity of this evidence where it has been completed unsupervised. Please also give consideration to any changes in learner performance eg. Where a learner’s work is not up to their usual standard because they do not have access to the normal levels or types of support.

We anticipate CAGs mainly being estimated from evidence from internally assessed grades from work completed prior to 20th March 2020 (eg if a learner achieved well in 50% of units, use as basis for calculating the rest).

Internal Assessment

  • Learner evidence mapped against ACs that has not been assessed

Evidence of Likely Performance

  • Formative and mock assessment results .
  • Any other learner work towards the qualification.
  • Learner work demonstrating the skills assessed by the unit that has been completed in support of another qualification learning aim.

Centre Data

  • The track record of centre/ teacher(s) delivering the specific qualification
  • The reliability of assessment and internal quality assurance in previous years
  • Outstanding actions from previous external quality assurance activities

Prior Attainment Data

Evidence of learner achievement in same or associate sector

More detail can be found in the guidance documents available to download from the Portal. 

For on-screen and on-demand assessments, simply edit the schedule as normal to cancel it or to mark which learners attended or did not attend. 

If a learner does not attend or the assessment does not go ahead as planned, as long as the schedule on XAMS is updated with this information, this will not be marked as an 'attempt' so you will be able to re-schedule. There is no charge associated with rescheduling assessments that do not go ahead as planned. 

All controlled assessments (including functional skills assessments) need to be sat under controlled conditions, following Open Awards guidance/policy and your own internal policy. If you want to change your current invigilation policy (i.e. to include remote invigilation or proctoring) you will need to submit an updated policy and full procedures to Open Awards, including details of the technology you will be using and evidence of your track record of utilising this technology effectively. This would need to demonstrate how you will continue to meet the controlled conditions required and will be reviewed by our QA team before a decision is made. To discuss remote invigilation/proctoring with the team, please contact enquiries@openawards.org.uk

If you are able to deliver assessments as normal, then you are able to continue with these. Any learner who is unable to access an assessment in the normal way for your centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, will be given a calculated grade. 

Yes, SLC can be assessed remotely. Centres must ensure they meet the requirements of the assessment in full, including the requirements to verify the candidates identify before the assessment; provide video or audio evidence for each assessment; and to keep full records. If you need support with this component of Functional Skills English, please contact your Lead Quality Reviewer or email enquiries@openawards.org.uk 

If you are able to deliver assessments as normal, then you are able to continue with these. Any learner who is unable to access an assessment in the normal way for your centre, and who was due to sit an assessment this summer, will be given a calculated grade. 

Should you experience any disruption that may have an adverse effect on a learner achieving their Open Awards qualification please follow our Special Considerations policy and complete the Special Consideration Form available through our portal to advise us of this.

Please also see the following OfQual and JCQ guidance on what Centres should do if exams or other assessments are seriously disrupted.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland/what-schools-and-colleges-should-do-if-exams-or-other-assessments-are-seriously-disrupted 

Where assessment cannot be completed as normal, we will work with you to ensure that as many learners as possible should receive grades for their vocational qualifications this summer as possible. The majority of Open Awards qualifications are in scope for a calculated grade.

There is a full list of Open Awards qualifications within scope for mitigation available to view on our website here.

Full guidance on how to submit a Centre Assessment Grade (estimation of result) for your learners is available to download from the Portal.

It is likely that some assessment criteria can still be met and it may be possible for some observations to be completed remotely. However, you would need to contact us to discuss how to deliver and assess specific assessment criteria. We will work with you to find alternative arrangements to evidence and assess achievement.

Where assessment cannot be completed as normal, we will work with you to ensure that as many learners as possible should receive grades for their vocational qualifications this summer as possible. The majority of Open Awards qualifications are in scope for a calculated grade.

There is a full list of Open Awards qualifications within scope for mitigation available to view on our website here.

Full guidance on how to submit a Centre Assessment Grade (estimation of result) for your learners is available to download from the Portal.

The teacher should consider each eligible learner in turn by considering:

  • at least one piece of valid evidence that demonstrates the learner’s progress towards learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the unit(s)
  • the assessment requirements of the unit
  • their knowledge of the learner’s ability
  • support the learner would have received to complete that assessment
  • any reasonable adjustment that would have been made
  • and using their professional expertise reach a considered judgement about whether that learner would have passed or whether the learner would have failed the unit had they completed the assessment in the usual way.

Judgements will be recorded on an Evidence and Assessment Record Sheet (EARS), reviewed and signed off by a Head of Centre and submitted via the Portal to Open Awards for external quality assurance.

A CAG is a teacher(s) judgement about the grade that each learner would most likely have achieved had teaching, learning and assessment proceeded as normal.

This professional judgement is to be derived from evidence (work, records of work) held within the centre and which has been reviewed by subject teachers/tutors/assessors and relevant heads of department.

Centre Assessment Grades are combined with internal assessment (assessments completed and IQA’d before 20th march 2020) to award a learner a calculated result.

Delaying a learner’s assessment should be the last resort for any assessments due before 31st July 2020. If you do not think you have sufficient evidence to provide a Centre Assessment Grade, please contact us on quality@openawards.org.uk to speak to a member of the team. If we cannot provide a calculated result, we will explore options for an adaptation to the assessment.

Yes we have published additional functional skills practice papers via the Portal. These can be used with your learners to enhance the evidence you already hold where appropriate.

Yes. However, you will need to take into account how you can ensure the authenticity of this evidence where it has been completed unsupervised. Please also give consideration to any changes in learner performance eg. Where a learner’s work is not up to their usual standard because they do not have access to the normal levels or types of support.

Yes. You can use evidence from other units to support a Centre Assessment Grade for a unit that you have not started delivering yet.

A learner should be able to be awarded a result for the qualification they were expecting to receive this summer. Where you have evidence for a smaller size qualification, you should be able to use this to submit a Centre Assessment Grade for the outstanding units. If you do not thing you have sufficient evidence to estimate for the outstanding units, please contact us on quality@openawards.org.uk to discuss.

Yes you will need to complete an Evidence of Assessment and Record Sheet (EARS). This can be downloaded from the portal.

Yes where you do not hold previous data or evidence from Open Awards qualifications, you can use evidence from your work with an awarding body. This would need to be from similar qualifications (levels, subjects and assessment methods). 

Yes we will continue to make our external assessments available on-demand. If a learner is unhappy with their results or requires a resit, they will be to access these as soon as you and they are able to.

This needs to be somebody with sufficient authority within the centre to confirm the points within the declaration. This could be a headteacher, Director of Learning, or Quality Assurance Manager. It needs to be somebody who has not been involved in the process of estimating a learners grade.

No we are not asking you to rank your learners as part of the process for estimating their achievement. Instead, you need to use at least one piece of valid evidence to form your professional judgement. Additional guidance on borderline learners is provided in the guidance documents.

The window for submission is the first 2 weeks of June (1-12th June). We have put a mop-up window in place for extenuating circumstances at the beginning of July. If you are not able to meet the deadline for the first submission in June, please contact the team to arrange to be included in the second window in July. Please email quality@openawards.org.uk.

We will continue to release results on-demand as external quality assurance activities are completed. The latest date for releasing calculated results is 20th August 2020.