BTEC Welling Handbook 2011-2012

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<p>BTEC at Welling School Handbook 2011-2012</p> <p>Pride in Excellence</p> <p>Pages3 4 5 6 8 9-10 11 12 13 14 15 16-17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25-25 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 46 47</p> <p>ContentsIntroduction Relationships between Welling School BTEC Documents Overview of Year Programme Planning Planning Assignments Overview Roles within BTEC Overview of Roles and Responsibilities Flow diagram showing planning and Delivery Role of LIV, QN and Line Managers Registration &amp; Certification Policy Assessment Policy Internal Verification Policy Appeals Policy Assessment Malpractice Policy Student Induction Quality Assurance of BTEC Lessons LIV Time Policy Flow Diagram Showing Preparation of BTEC Student Handbooks Assessment Planning and Recording Overview Appendices Appendix 1 IV Assessment Decisions Document Appendix 2 IV Assignment Briefs Document Appendix 3 Lead IVs and subjects Appendix 4 Tracking Template Appendix 5 Assignment Brief Template Appendix 6 Assignment Front Sheet Template Appendix 7 Observation Records Template Appendix 8 Witness Statement Template Appendix 9 Assessors Comments Template Appendix 10 Sharing Good Practice Programme Appendix 11 Sharing Good Practice Form Appendix 12 Student Induction Record TemplateAppendix 13 Calendar Appendix 14 Key dates Appendix 15 Cover Request Form</p> <p>2</p> <p>Introduction This document is written to provide guidance of the whole school policies which relate to the delivery of BTEC at Welling School. This is a working document and may be changed throughout the year. The version saved on the t-drive, in the BTEC folder will be the most up to date one. This document links to Program Files which are maintained by Faculties delivering BTEC and Student Handbooks which are produced by each faculty to support Students studying BTEC (see page 5 for what should be in programme files and the student handbook). Program Files, Student Handbooks and the Centre Handbook can be stored electronically and can be printed off as and when needed. Copies of all documents in the Handbook (and others) are kept in the 'BTEC' folder under 'Staff Resources' within 'Central Resources' on the school ICT network. The Handbook is updated throughout the year and information will be placed directly into the relevant folder. Subject handbooks can extract relevant documentation from there. A list of BTEC documents placed in this folder will be kept and updated regularly. Information about BTEC at welling School can also be accessed at http://wellingbtec.blogspot.com.Return to contents</p> <p>3</p> <p>Relationships between Welling School BTEC Documents All documents relating to school wide policies relating to BTEC courses should be in the Centre HandbookCentre Handbook contents: Approval documents Assessment Policy/Procedures Internal Verification Policy/Procedures Appeals Policy/Procedure Assessment malpractice procedures Registration &amp; certification procedures Quality assurance form templates: IV of assignment briefs IV of assessment decisions Tracking sheet Grading criteria Tracking sheet Unit achievement Year plan overview Programme file contents: Programme management &amp; organisation Programme details Programme team Programme timetable Year plan Agendas/Minutes/Meeting notes Relevant correspondence Teaching &amp; learning Current programme specification Schemes of work/Lesson plans Work placement info (if appropriate) Assessment &amp; learner records Class lists/Absence reports Assignment briefs/Calendar Tracking sheets Grading criteria Tracking sheets Unit achievement Records of assessment/Appeals/Key skills Other info (SATs, Predicted grades, etc.) Learner support Recruitment criteria/Leaflets Pre-programme guidance Diagnostic testing/Learning styles, etc. Induction arrangements/Checklist Consultation/Parents evening docs Tutorial records Quality Assurance IV records Learner questionnaires/Satisfaction surveys Retention/Achievement data Destination data Staff review &amp; development information External verifier reports Withdrawal/Transfer data Programme review/Evaluation</p> <p>Each BTEC programme should have a programme file in the faculty which holds all the information related to the day to day running</p> <p>Each programme should have a student handbook with relevant information for BTEC Learners</p> <p>Student Handbook contents: Qualification details Programme overview Registration and certification information Induction timetable/Checklist Health and safety information Programme timetable Year plan Unit details Key skills information Assignment schedule BTEC Assessment information Plagiarism/Malpractice Independent learning Appeals procedure Tutorial arrangements</p> <p>Return to contents</p> <p>4</p> <p>Overview of Year Programme PlanningAppoint Lead Internal Verifier Plan internal verification activities for assignments and assessment decisions</p> <p> Read specifications Plan timetable Develop and write assignments Review deadlines Register learners</p> <p>Provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and prepare them for the assessments prior to issue to learners Record feedback and track learners progress</p> <p>Deliver units and introduce assignments</p> <p>Provide learners with formative feedback</p> <p>IV checks assignments prior to issue to learners and a minimum 50% of learner assessment, building in team standardisation</p> <p>PLANNING</p> <p>Provide the learners with summative feedback and final achievement for unit</p> <p>Make on line certificate claims or complete Student Report Forms (SRFs)</p> <p>Lead Internal Verifier completes BTEC On Line Standardisation assessments (OSCA2) If National Standards met, certification will be released. If National Standards not met, a postal sampling will be arranged by the allocated Standards Verifier.</p> <p>Learner achievement and certification</p> <p>If National Standards are met, certification will be RELEASED. If National Standards not met a resample will be required.</p> <p>Return to contents</p> <p>5</p> <p>Overview of Planning AssignmentsCross-reference to content to ensure tasks allow learners to provide sufficient evidence</p> <p>Check the focus against the learning outcomes</p> <p>Look at the criteria in the assessment grid and identify a vocationally based scenario, theme or role at the appropriate level</p> <p>Select appropriate unit criteria to be assessed within each assignment when assessing across more than one unit or when embedded in other qualifications</p> <p>Check the tasks reinforce the teaching and learning strategies Ensure that the assessment activity is fit for purpose and consistently uses methods appropriate to the level of the unit</p> <p>PLANNING</p> <p>Develop the assessment activity so that it can be mapped against the specific criteria selected, using tasks to cover the demands of the assessment</p> <p>Consider the forms of evidence to be produced by the learners Check the learners have opportunities to meet the targeted assessment criteria</p> <p>Write the assignment for the learners mapping the tasks against the specific criteria selected</p> <p>Check for and record assessment opportunities across units as formative or summative</p> <p>Map the assessment against the programme plan for unit achievement and coverage</p> <p>Produce the final version of the assessment activity</p> <p>Check the learners can take responsibility for their own learning and, if appropriate could involve peer or self assessment</p> <p>Return to contents</p> <p>6</p> <p>7</p> <p>Roles within the BTEC QualificationsQuality Nominee The main point of contact for information related to quality assurance. Fulfill the regulatory requirement of being the key point of contact in the centre for QCF-accredited qualifications. Exams Officers Responsible for the correct administration of learners with Edexcel. Assessors and verifiers The programme team consists of the teachers or tutors who are responsible for the delivery, assessment and internal verification of the Edexcel BTEC or other qualification. The appropriate minimum size of the programme team will depend on the number of units and the number of learners. The absolute minimum is two, as no person can internally verify their own assessment decisions. Assessor/Teacher Design assessment activities, assess the work, checking authenticity and sufficiency of evidence, accurately record all assessment decisions provide feedback to learners, identify which criteria have been achieved and giving opportunities for improvement follow up any advice from your Lead Internal Verifier. Ensure that assessment is consistent across the programme, assessment instruments are fit for purpose, assessment decisions accurately match learner work to the unit assessment criteria, standardisation of assessors takes place. Lead Internal Verifiers A Lead Internal Verifier (Lead IV) is the person designated by a centre to act as the point of sign-off for the assessment and internal verification of programmes in a Principal Subject Area The Lead IV has access to accreditation and should register through the online standardisation system, OSCA2. They need to have completed and passed OSCA2 to be the LIV for a subject area. Program Leaders Has overall responsibility for the effective delivery and assessment of BTECs and other Edexcel qualifications. For Edexcel BTEC qualifications up to Level 3 and Foundation Learning programmes, the Programme Leader may also act as the Lead Internal Verifier. Senior Managers The Head of Centre is formally responsible for ensuring that the centre acts in accordance with Edexcels terms and conditions of approval. Day-to-day responsibility is normally delegated to the centres Quality Nominee. Appoint a Quality Nominee who can act as a key point of contact with Edexcel Liaise with the Quality Nominee to ensure that all processes are being conducted effectively Support the Quality Nominee in putting actions in place to respond to reports on quality assurance processes. Dealing with appeals from learners that have not been resolved through the immediate programme team Investigating malpractice allegations of a serious nature related to learners or members of staff Liaising with Edexcel where any serious breach of approval conditions has occurred Any aspect of quality assurance which relates to the overall integrity and security of Edexcel BTEC or Edexcel vocational qualifications.</p> <p>Return to contents</p> <p>8</p> <p>Overview of Roles and ResponsibilitiesExternal Quality Assurance Process (this only happens if previous internal procedures have failed)Organises timetable for compulsory training events or centre support training visits Plans compulsory training programme Plans Centre Risk Assessments Prepares On Line Standardisation Assessments for Centre Lead Internal Verifiers</p> <p>Assessment Stage</p> <p>Programme TeamReads and understands the specification Identifies opportunities to generate evidence across the curriculum. Creates and agrees assessment plan Plans assessment activities and timescales Writes assignments, which are clearly annotated. Appoints an Internal Verifier who will scrutinise the assignment briefs Designs an Internal Verification plan for the internal verification of the assessment decisions Designs and introduces relevant recording documentation Ensures timescales are met</p> <p>The AssessorUnderstands assessment arrangements to meet national standards Designs assessment activities which meet the assessment criteria Identifies assessment opportunities for the learner Actions internal verifiers advice</p> <p>The LearnerManages and organises own time to prepare evidence to meet the assessment plan</p> <p>The Lead Internal VerifierBooks onto BTEC compulsory training Prepares quality assurance tracking documents Completes BTEC On Line Standardisation Assessments to meet national standards Checks the quality of assessment instruments as fit for purpose Advises on the interpretation of national standards Co-ordinates assessment arrangements including multi-sites if appropriate</p> <p>Planning</p> <p>Implementing</p> <p>Guides the learner towards approaches in gathering assessment evidence Provides the learner with support and guidance</p> <p>Produces work for assessment to meet national standards</p> <p>Attends BTEC compulsory training Ensures an effective system of recording learner achievement is in place Advises on opportunities for evidence generation and collection Keeps records of the internal verification process to track IV on all tutors assessment decisions. Ensures all units delivered are sampled. Provides advice and support to assessors on a regular basis, covering all assessors and all units Advises on the appropriateness of assessment evidence with regard to level, sufficiency, authenticity, validity and consistency Arranges standardisation meetings across teams and multi-sites Checks the quality of assessment to ensure that it is consistent, fair and reliable Ensures own assessment decisions are sampled when teaching on the programme</p> <p>Compulsory training implemented CRA carried out Tracks Centre Lead IV attendance at training event. Tracks Centre Lead IV has completed OSCA</p> <p>Ensures consistency of assessment judgements through standardisation meetings</p> <p>Internal Verifying</p> <p>Checks authenticity and sufficiency of assessment evidence produced against assessment criteria/unit content Reviews progress of learners to give opportunities for remedial work. Observes, scrutinises and records evidence of individual work within group activities Completes observation and witness statements to support demonstration of practical skills whether individual or within a group Actions internal verifiers advice Awards final achievement when the unit has been completed</p> <p>Submits evidence for assessment Checks the validity and sufficiency of the assessment evidence with the assessor Reviews opportunity for remedial work . Participates in self and peer assessment activities where appropriate</p> <p>Checks results of CRA Checks on results of OSCA centre standardisation</p> <p>9</p> <p>Assessment Stage</p> <p>Programme TeamCo-ordinates arrangements for internal verification Co-ordinates opportunities for receiving feedback from the internal verifier Ensures assessment plan, assignments and assessment decisions are scrutinised by the internal verifier and appropriate action taken</p> <p>The AssessorDecides and checks whether evidence is valid, authentic, consistent and sufficient Records assessment decisions</p> <p>The LearnerDecides to improve on evidence provided following formative assessment decisions</p> <p>The Lead Internal VerifierMonitors and advises on assessment decisions by sampling Gives programme team decisions and feedback on the sampling Ensures appropriate corrective action is taken where necessary Takes part in the formal stages of any appeal Advises programme team on any training needs Provides feedback on aspects of the assessment system to the programme team, senior management and Edexcel</p> <p>External Quality Assurance ProcessReleases or blocks certification If blocks, then allocates Standards Verifier to arrange postal sampl...</p>

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