COVID Impact – Adaptations to Assessment in 2020/2021
Earlier in the year we confirmed ATHE’s assessment arrangements in light of the impact of COVID-19 and the Regulator’s guidance at that time. We highlighted that with ATHE qualifications being primarily assignment and/or task based, bringing together a portfolio of evidence and not being time-bound, this offered centres flexibility in their assessment approaches. The opportunity to adapt delivery and assessment to suit remote working and online engagement already existed and as such we were not seeking to vary our existing guidance for centres.
In effect this meant that wherever learners are working in the UK or internationally the rules remained the same and the standards were maintained. We anticipated that the majority of learners should be able to complete their studies at home and submit their work remotely to centres for assessment and internal verification. The process for submitting learner results to ATHE via the registration portal and providing access to learner work electronically for external quality assurance would be unchanged.
Since this guidance was issued we have found in practice that this flexibility of assessment inherent in ATHE qualifications has allowed centres to adopt flexible approaches where appropriate, to enable learners to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes at the standards provided and complete their portfolio of evidence for the qualification.
Looking forward to the 2020/2021 period of study – and mindful of the ongoing impact of the pandemic globally, ATHE is both keen to both promote the flexibility for adapting delivery and assessment of ATHE qualifications to suit remote working and online engagement, but also highlight that centres should approach ATHE with any concerns over learners completing their studies in the months ahead and propose changes.
To this end, we have developed an ‘Adaptations to Assessment Policy’ available via the following link (https://www.athe.co.uk/policies-and-procedures) to reflect instances where changes to assessment practice are proposed and a procedure for dealing with these. Please review this policy and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you consider that your centre will require changes in the 2020/2021 period of study beyond the flexibilities already available.