Controlled Assessment Policy
Policy & Procedures for Controlled Assessments
1. The Exams Officer will maintain a central diary of Controlled Assessments as a part of the overall Examinations diary for the School.
2. All staff must be aware of the relevant level of control permitted (high, medium or low) as this will determine the level of permitted supervision; for example high control means that students are under exam conditions.
3. HOD’s must plan when and how assessments will take place, taking into account the accommodation and resources required according to the level of assessment. The Exams Officer should be consulted when a controlled assessment is being planned to ensure there is no clash and that the level of assessment has been taken into account.
4. HsOD’s in conjunction with SLT and Exams Officer should choose the most appropriate time for a controlled assessment to take place.
5. Entries for controlled assessment must be made at the appropriate time.
6. Controlled Assessments should take place during timetabled class times wherever possible to minimise the impact on other parts of the curriculum.
7. It is the responsibility of the Exams Officer in conjunction with HsOD’s and SLT to ensure that controlled assessment task details are obtained from exam boards and retained securely.
8. Where appropriate each student is to keep a research diary where they note the guidance and feedback received from their teacher. The diary should also contain a record of the research and planning stage containing notes, diagrams, essay plans and bibliography.
9. Relevant display materials must be removed or covered up.
10. If a student is absent, the teacher must allow that student the chance to make up the time if necessary. Attendance records from assessment sessions should be kept by the class teacher. For long absences, special consideration should be applied for.
11. Where ICT facilities are required, separate ICT user accounts for exam use must be used for high control level work. These must have no access to internet or e-mail and must only be accessible during the controlled sessions. All work will be stored securely on the school network and backed up to a securely stored CD or DVD at the end of each assessment. A full test of facilities should be carried out ahead of the assessment and a member of ICT Support should be on standby throughout the controlled assessment session.
12. Work may be handwritten in black ink or word processed. Printouts, charts and videos can be included where appropriate.
13. Access arrangements do apply to controlled assessment.
14. Where the specification permits students to work with others, e.g. during collection of data, any descriptions of the joint work must be in each candidate's own words.
15. If suspected malpractice occurs, the Exams Officer and Head of Centre must be informed.
16. Authentication forms must be signed by the teachers and candidates.
17. All assessment materials must be locked in a suitable secure cabinet at the end of each session.
18. Where work is assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the exam board, standardisation of marking must take place in the school if more than one teacher is involved in the assessing.