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Fair Assessment Policy and Procedure

LASER has a duty to ensure the integrity of QCF qualifications at all times. At the same time LASER and its Centres have a duty to ensure that the rights of individual learners to access qualifications, units and assessment in a way most appropriate for their individual needs are upheld. Disability and equal opportunity legislation and the regulatory criteria give support and guidance to awarding organisations and centers in creating a fair assessment process.

The QCF qualifications and units are developed to national standards of knowledge, skills and competences. These are defined in the units of assessment as learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The externally set assessments are designed to ensure that the required standards are met.
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Reasonable Adjustments Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. Factors, such as the need to maintain competence have to be taken into consideration as well as considering what is reasonable in the individual circumstances. A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the learner at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the reliability and validity of the assessment outcomes, and the work produced by the learner will be marked in the same way as the work of other assessed learners.

Centres must apply for and agree arrangements for reasonable adjustments with their Quality Reviewer before the assessment activity takes place.
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Special Consideration Each request for special consideration will be unique to each learner or assessment and a learner who is fully prepared and present for a scheduled assessment may be eligible for special consideration if:

·         Performance in an assessment is affected by circumstances beyond the control of the learner for example recent personal illness, accident, bereavement, serious disturbance during the assessment.

·         Part of an assessment has been missed due to circumstances beyond the control of the learner.


A learner will not be eligible for special consideration if:

·         No evidence is supplied by the centre that the learner has been affected at the time of the assessment by a particular condition.

·         Any part of the assessment is missed due to personal arrangements including holidays or unauthorised absence.

·         Preparation for a component is affected by difficulties during the course, for example disturbances through building work, lack of proper facilities, changes in or shortages of staff, or industrial disputes.


Centres should note that, where an assessment requires the learner to demonstrate practical competence or where criteria have to be met fully, or in the case of a licence linked qualifications, it may not be possible to apply special consideration.

Special consideration should not give the learner an unfair advantage neither should its use cause the user of the certificate to be misled regarding a learner’s achievements. The learner’s result must reflect his/her achievement in the assessment and not necessarily his/her potential ability.  
Download the Special Consideration Form here


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