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Academic assessor preparation

Reference: AC1-C

Last Updated 06/02/2019

These are the standards that set out what we expect of academic assessor preparation:

Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning partners, must ensure that all educators and assessors:

4.3 receive relevant induction, ongoing support and access to education and training which includes training in equality and diversity

Standards to support student supervision and assessment

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning partners must ensure that:

9.3 academic assessors maintain current knowledge and expertise relevant for the proficiencies and programme outcomes they are assessing and confirming

Approved education institutions, together with practice learning partners, must ensure that academic assessors:

10.1 are working towards or hold relevant qualifications as required by their academic institution and local and national policies

10.2 demonstrate that they have achieved the following minimum outcomes:  

10.2.1 interpersonal communication skills, relevant to student learning and assessment

10.2.2 conducting objective, evidence based assessments of students

10.2.3 providing constructive feedback to facilitate professional development in others, and

10.2.4 knowledge of the assessment process and their role within it

10.3 receive ongoing support and training to reflect and develop in their role

10.4 continue to proactively develop their professional practice and knowledge in order to fulfil their role, and

10.5 have an understanding of the proficiencies and programme outcomes that the student they confirm is aiming to achieve.

All academic assessors must have some form of preparation before taking up their role. This preparation can be done in different ways, but must ensure the academic assessor meets the outcomes we set out above.

Academic assessors do not need to have additional training if they have previous experience and learning that they can show has helped them to meet our outcomes. It will be up to the AEI, with their practice learning partners, to decide what would be acceptable in these circumstances, as long as they can provide evidence that it upheld public protection and met our standards.

Training may be in specific areas, such as training in equality and diversity, making non-biased decisions, or reasonable adjustments. Anything that is necessary for academic assessors to do their job should be considered ‘core’ training.

In addition to any initial training needed the academic assessor should be provided with ongoing support and training to develop in the role as needed.

Academic assessors must also hold or be working towards the qualifications required by their academic institution. We do not specify what these will be, it will be up to the AEI to decide.

The academic assessor also has a responsibility to proactively develop and remain ‘up to date’ with their own professional practice, and to think about how their own previous experience may enable them to perform in this role. For nurses, midwives and nursing associates who are academic assessors, this can mean, amongst other things, reflecting upon their role in student learning and assessment when they revalidate. This may also be true for those academic assessors who are from another regulated profession, such as pharmacists. Professionals who are not registered with us may want to seek advice from their professional body about this.

In order to collate and confirm student achievement and make recommendations for progression for a student, the academic assessor must have an understanding of the proficiencies and course outcomes the student is hoping to achieve. What this will mean may differ, depending on amongst others, the student’s course outcomes, and their stage of learning.

The AEI, with its practice learning partners, is responsible for making sure the right support, education and training is provided. They should be able to give evidence that the preparation provided upholds public protection and enables academic assessors to collate and confirm student learning and make recommendations for progression. More information on their responsibilities can be found within the new Quality assurance framework.

Academic assessors, particularly those from professions not regulated by us, may feel they need to find out more information about the training required. They can do this by talking to the AEI and its practice learning partners, their professional bodies, and by referring to our standards and supporting information. 

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