Policy

Humanoid Policies for your reference.


Conflict Of Interest Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to protect our integrity as a business and the integrity of our services.

A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual, or organisation, has competing interests or loyalties.

Policy Scope

This policy applies to all staff and contractors that work with Humanoid

Required Action

1. All Humanoid staff and contractors shall be made aware of the conflict of interest policy during induction.

2. Humanoid shall align and abide by any conflict of interest policy that is implemented by the client. In the event that the client has no conflict of interest policy Humanoid policy shall be implemented.

3. Assessors shall possess information in reference to conflict of interest policy in their induction pack.

4. Learners shall be made aware of this conflict of interest policy.

5. The staff member or contractor must disclose any activity that might give rise to a potential conflict of interest. This potential conflict of interest should be reported to the operations manager or relevant control agent of the client.

6. In the event that conflict of interest is established the person involved shall be redeployed from the conflicted task and the action tested if it breaches the malpractice policy

Review

Version 2

March 2019


Contingency & Adverse Effect

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the function of Humanoid following any adverse circumstances.

Policy Scope

This policy applies to all candidates registered along staff and contractors affiliated with Humanoid

Action

Humanoid shall maintain and offsite record of all candidate data. All data shall be backed up on multiple redundant systems that are at multiple locations. This system shall be accessible to multiple staff at different locations.

After recovery of from an adverse event, communications will be issued to candidates regarding the status of the data retained. All systems shall be restored as earlier as possible.

Additionally Humanoid Shall align fully with the contingency and adverse effect policy of our clients.

Review

This policy shall be reviewed in March 2019.


Learner Support Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all learners receive the necessary advice, guidance and support in order to optimise their achievement

Responsibility & Scope

This policy covers all learners and personnel who are involved in learner guidance and support.

Implementation

  1. All learners will be encouraged to disclose their additional support needs before starting a course.
  2. The need for learning support will be captured through Email and the electronic portfolio management system.
  3. Learners will be made aware of the policies relevant to them during program roll out .
  4. Learning support will be included in the assessor induction process. Assessors will also have relevant information in their handbooks.
  5. Learning Support Coordinators will liaise regularly with assessors and managers to discuss individual learner progress and the provision of support.
  6. Additional support needs will be addressed personally where learner and assessor will discuss and agree to a learning support plan.
  7. Learning support will be provided on an appropriate basis according to the clients specification.
  8. Learning support coordinator shall monitor learner progress to detect lack of progress and highlight to client management.

Monitoring

The operation of this policy is monitored and evaluated through:

  • Monthly monitoring reports
  • Course team meeting

Review

Version 2

March 2019


Learner Recruitment & Selection Policy

Introduction

This policy concerns our responsibility to:

  • Identify learning needs and learning support needs.
  • Ensure that learners are appropriately placed on courses.
  • Optimise learner achievement.

Aims

Learner recruitment and selection procedures should facilitate learners taking responsibility for their own learning.

All staff involved in initial assessment will be properly qualified and skilled and have the relevant up-to-date knowledge.

Implementation

The centre will fully align to the recruitment processes of our clients. All learners nominated by our client will be pre qualified before being nominated to our course. We will only process nominations from the client’s authorised person.

During course registration candidate information will be verified with at least 1 photo ID and will be crossed checked with the client’s authorised person to ensure that the correct candidate is attending the course.

1. The course information that will clearly explain: progression routes, content, outcomes, teaching methods and materials that learners may need to reference. The learner will also be made aware of the possibility to claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) in accordance to our RPL Policy.

2. All teaching staff will assess their learners ability / skills, relevant to the area of learning, in order to identify their learning and support needs at the start of the course.

3. All teaching staff will ensure that all learners receive an induction appropriate to the course to include, for example: course content, teaching methodologies, tutorials, individual learning plans and methods of assessment.

8. Humanoid will ensure that the outcomes of learners individual skills assessment and induction will be documented in way that is transparent.

9. Humanoid will ensure that information from initial assessment is incorporated in an individual and group learning plan.

10. At the enrolment stage, learners will have the opportunity to identify any learning support needs. Assessors will also monitor learners throughout the course to identify any specific learning support needs.

11. If the Service does not have the resources to meet the needs of a learner then that learner will be advised on how else to proceed or be referred to alternative provision.

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Access To Assessment Policy

Policy Aims

  • To ensure that assessment methodology is valid, reliable and does not disadvantage or advantage any group of learners or individuals.
  • To ensure that the assessment procedure is open, fair and free from bias and to national standards.
  • To ensure that there is accurate and detailed recording of assessment decisions.

Implementation

In order to achieve this Humanoid will:

  • Ensure that all centre assessment assignments are verified as fit for purpose prior to distribution to students.
  • The Lead Internal Verifier is to be responsible for allocating the sample size required from each assessor. Assessors deemed to be ‘high risk’ will provide a higher sample size than ‘low risk’ assessor. Level of risk will be determined by the Lead Internal Verifier and the Quality Nominee.
  • Verify an appropriately structured sample of assessor work from all program to ensure each conform to Standards Verification requirements.
  • Define, maintain, and support effective internal verification roles.
  • Ensure that identified staff will maintain secure records of all internal verification activity.
  • Brief and train staff of the requirements for current internal verification procedures. The continued professional development to take the form of departmental training, professional body training days and attendance at the working group assessment meetings.
  • Provide standardised IV documentation and to include an IV assessment form.
  • Use the outcome of internal verification to enhance future assessment practice.

This policy will be reviewed annually by the BTEC Course Team

This policy has been extra derived from examples of other BTEC centres and edited to suit local needs .

We will influence our clients using our services to adopt the same policy.

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Assessor & Internal Verification Policy

Internal Verification ‐ Aims:

To ensure that internal verification is valid, reliable and covers all assessors and programme activity.

To ensure that the internal verification procedure is transparent, fair and free from bias.

To ensure that there is accurate and detailed recording of internal verification decisions.

To ensure that risk are identified and address to protect the quality of the program.

In order to do this, Humanoid will:

  • Ensure that all centre assessment instruments are verified as fit for purpose.
  • Verify an appropriately structured sample of assessor work from all programmes, sites and teams, to ensure centre programmes conform to Awarding / certification body standard requirements.
  • Plan an annual internal verification schedule, linked to assignment plans.
  • Define, maintain, and support effective internal verification roles.
  • Ensure that identified staff will maintain secure records of all documentation.
  • Brief and train staff of the requirements for current internal verification procedures.
  • Promote internal verification as a developmental process between staff.
  • Provide standardised internal verification documentation
  • Use the outcome of internal verification to enhance future assessment.

Roles Of The Assessor:

a) Set tasks which allow students to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do so that they have opportunities to achieve the highest possible grades on their BTEC courses.

b) Ensure that learners are clear about the criteria they are expected to meet in their assignments and that they are fully briefed on the skills which need to be demonstrated in the coursework / portfolio components of a subject.

c) Encourage students by giving accurate and factual feedback in a timely manner and guidance on how to improve work that also encourage learning.

d) Set interim deadlines for coursework and advice to learners on the appropriate amount of time to spend on the work, ensuring it is commensurate with the credit available.

e) Adhere to the Awarding Body’s specification in the assessment of student assignments.

f) Record outcomes of assessment using appropriate documentation. Outcomes will be held secure until after Standard Verification.

g) Ensure each candidate signs to confirm that the work is their own and that it is endorsed by the Assessors after marking the work. A completed original document must be securely attached to the work of each candidate and to that of each sample request.

i) Provide accurate records of internally assessed portfolios in a timely manner for transfer to the Awarding body.

h) Adhere to the new assessment rules implemented by Pearson on September 2014.

Roles Of The Internal verifier:

a) The Internal Verifier is at the heart of quality assurance on our Certificated programmes. The role is to ensure that internally assessed work consistently meets the approved standards but can also lead to staff development and quality improvement.

b) Each course will have an identified Internal Verifier (IV) who is not otherwise involved in the assessing or setting of work for the course.

c) Internal Verifiers will have the knowledge and qualifications relevant to the qualification(s) and other competence-based award(s) for which they are responsible to enable accurate judgment to be made regarding candidate performance in relation to competence criteria.

d) Provision will be made for communication between course teams to share ‘best practice’ and areas of concern. Typically, this will be achieved through quarterly meetings of the course team.

e) Adhere to the additional roles of the lead internal verifier as stipulated in the new rules implemented by Pearson in September 2014.

The internal verifier will:

  • Monitor that the IV schedule covers all units and all assessors on a programme.
  • Advise on the interpretation of Competence standards.
  • Co-ordinate assessment arrangements.
  • IV all assignment briefs before issue to learners.
  • Ensure an effective system of recording learner achievement is in place.
  • Advise on opportunities for evidence generation and collection.
  • Keep records of the verification process for 3 years after certification.
  • Liaise with external verifiers.
  • Provide advice and support to assessors on a regular basis.
  • Advise on the appropriateness of assessment evidence with regard to level, sufficiency, authenticity, validity and consistency.
  • Check the quality of assessment to ensure that it is consistent, fair and reliable.
  • Ensure own assessment decisions are internally verified by another Assessor. Give feedback to assessors and identify action to be taken where appropriate.

Follow up:

  • Ensure appropriate corrective action is taken when assignment briefs are not fit for purpose or when assessment decisions are not accurate.
  • Take part in the formal stages of any appeal from learner.
  • Advise programme team on any training needs.
  • Provide feedback on aspects of the assessment system, particular on any changes and update the requirements to the Course team and clients.

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the Course Team.

This policy has been derived from examples of other BTEC centres and edited to suit local needs.

We will influence our clients using our services to adopt the same policy.



Malpractice Policy

Policy Aims

  • To identify and minimise the risk of malpractice by staff or learners.
  • To respond to any incident of alleged malpractice promptly and objectively.
  • To standardise and record any investigation of malpractice to ensure openness and fairness
  • To impose appropriate penalties and/or sanctions on learners or staff where incidents (or attempted incidents) of malpractice are proven.
  • To protect the integrity of this centre and of the vocational qualifications.

In order to Achieve this Humanoid Will :

  • Seek to avoid potential malpractice by using the induction period to inform learners of the centre’s policy on malpractice and the penalties for attempted and actual incidents of malpractice.
  • Ask learners to declare that their work is their own.
  • Ask learners to acknowledged any sources used.
  • Conduct an investigation in a form proportionate with the nature of the malpractice allegation. Such an investigation will be supported by the director of operations and all personnel linked to the allegation.
  • Make the individual fully aware at the earliest opportunity of the nature of the alleged malpractice and of the possible consequences should malpractice be proven.
  • Give the individual the opportunity to respond to the allegations made.
  • Inform the individual of the avenues for appealing against any judgment made.
  • Document all stages of any investigation. Where malpractice is proven, this centre will apply the following penalties / sanctions:
    • Resubmission of all work within the assignment and where necessary the use of a modified assignment brief.
    • Automatic failure of the unit Removal from the qualification

Definition Of Malpractice By Learners.

The following are examples of malpractice by the students. This list is not exhaustive and other instances of malpractice may be considered by this centre at its discretion:

  • Plagiarism of any nature.
  • Collusion by working collaboratively with other learners to produce work that is submitted as individual learner work.
  • Cheating to gain an unfair advantage
  • Copying (including the use of technology to aid copying).
  • Deliberate destruction of another’s work.
  • Fabrication of results or evidence.
  • The alteration of any results document, including certificates
  • False declaration of authenticity in relation to the contents of a portfolio or coursework.
  • Impersonation by pretending to be someone else in order to produce the work for another or arranging for another to take one’s place in an assessment/examination/test.

Definition Of Malpractice By Centre Staff

The following are examples of malpractice by centre staff. This list is not exhaustive and other instances of malpractice may be considered by this centre at its discretion:
  • assisting learners in the production of work for assessment, where the support has the potential to influence the outcomes of assessment, for example where the assistance involves centre staff producing work for the learner
  • producing falsified witness statements, for example for evidence the learner has not generated
  • allowing evidence, which is known by the staff member not to be the learner’s own, to be included in a learner’s assignment/ task/ portfolio/ coursework
  • facilitating and allowing impersonation
  • misusing the conditions for special learner requirements, for example where learners are permitted support, such as an amanuensis, this is permissible up to the point where the support has the potential to influence the outcome of the assessment
  • falsifying records/certificates, for example by alteration, substitution, or by fraud
  • fraudulent certificate claims, that is claiming for a certificate prior to the learner completing all the requirements of assessment
  • failing to keep assessment/examination/test papers secure prior to the assessment/examination/test

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Non Discrimination Policy

Aims

This policy aims to give a guideline as to how Humanoid will avoid discrimination of any manner to students. And to ensure open and fair access for students to participate in our course.

Practice

Humanoid shall not discriminate in race , age ,gender or religion in for student to access to courses and assessments.

Humanoid shall take into account the special needs of students to ensure access to courses information and assessments.

Humanoid Shall comply to the anti discrimination acts of the country that it operates.

Humanoid shall comply to any anti discrimination policies in place as stipulated by our clients.

Review

This policy will be Re reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Health Security Safety & Environment Policy (HSSE)

Aims

1. Ensure that Humanoid Provides a Safe and Harm free environment for all stakeholders.

2. Guide the behaviour of Humanoid employees to ensure that no harm is done by their actions to themselves ,the environment, other stakeholders and Humanoid assests.

Practice

Humanoid shall align fully with the HSSE policy of our clients.

Humanoid Shall comply with the Health Safety Security and Environment Policy of that is required by the law.

All areas of training that is being used by Humanoid shall be certified as safe by the relevant statutory bodies.

Before the commencement of a course a safety briefing will be conducted by the HSSE officer.

Humanoid Employees shall wear seatbelts when traveling in vehicles.

Humanoid Employees shall not use mobile phones while operating a vehicle.

Humanoid as in organisation shall endeavour to reduce and recycle waste when applicable.

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Assessment Appeals Policy

Humanoid is committed:

  • To enable the learner to enquire, question or appeal against an assessment decision.
  • To standardise and record any appeal to ensure openness and fairness.
  • To facilitate a learner’s right of appeal to the awarding body, where appropriate.
  • To protect the interests of all learners and the integrity of the qualification.
  • To align fully with the appeals policy of our clients.

In order to do this, the centre will:

  • Inform the learner at induction, of the Appeals Policy and procedure.
  • Record, track and validate any appeal.
  • Forward the appeal to the awarding body when a learner considers that a decision continues to disadvantage her/him after the internal appeals process has been exhausted.
  • Keep appeals records for inspection by the awarding body for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Have a staged appeals procedure.
  • Will take appropriate action to protect the interests of other learners and the integrity of the qualification, when the outcome of an appeal questions the validity of other results.
  • Monitor appeals to inform quality improvement.

Review

This policy will be reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Recognition Of Prior Learning Policy

Aims

RPL enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any appropriate assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. (Ref: Pearson Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Process Sept 2013 Issue 1.1)

Practice

The learner, will be made aware the possibility that they may be able to claim credit for some of their previous learning.

The Assessor will require the leaner to provide evidence that satisfy the following RPL qualification criteria:

Current:
RPL evidence must be current and still valid.


Authentic:
Proof must be show that the RPL evidence has been authenticated.


Relevant:
RPL Evidence presented must be relevant and applicable to the


Sufficient :
Sufficient RPL evidence should be presented

After accepting a learner for assessment of prior learning, registration should be made in the usual way and RPL achievement may then be reported and graded where appropriate using normal methods.

RPL records completed, should be retained for the standard three year period following certification.

The assessor must ensure that all learning outcomes and assessment criteria being claimed for each unit are achieved and that the records of assessment are maintained in the usual way.

Review

This policy will be Re reviewed on Jan 2019 by the BTEC Course Team.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the use of evidence or work that has been generated by a person other than the candidate with out using reference.

Humanoid Takes a serious view of plagiarism and will fully investigate all cases.

If plagiarism is proved the candidate portfolio will be withdrawn for certification consideration. The candidate will need to produce a new portfolio if he or she wish to proceed with certification. The candidate is able to consider the use of the appeals policy if they feel that further investigation is required.

Process

All candidates are informed of the Humanoid plagiarism policy during course workshop and are required to declare that their evidence is authentic.

All Assessors are made aware of Humanoid Plagiarism policy and are instructed to not accept evidence where Plagiarism is detected. If Plagiarism is detected at assessment the candidate portfolio shall be referred to the lead internal verifier for “portfolio retake processing.” All assessors are required to declare authenticity of the evidence before submitting their portfolio for certification

All assignments and all candidates will be internally verified at least once during the course of the candidates time in generating their evidence portfolio. Plagiarism detection is part of the internal verifier normal function.

Review

Version 1

Review: Jan 2019


Distance Learning Policy

Aim

To assure the quality of assessments at Humanoid Distance learning Centres.

Humanoid utilises information technology tools to increase access to assessment and learning tools and to accommodate diverse candidate needs. The following procedures should be adhered to for distance learning courses to ensure consistency and quality in the qualifications offered by Humanoid.

Process

All candidates , Assessors and Internal Verifiers will be registered through the Humanoid skills matrix system.

All registrations will need to accompany an offical document with photo identification.

All Assessors will require to complete the skills matrix profile record and be qualified in their area of assessment.

Assessments conducted via E learning system will undergo internal verification according to the organisational IV Plan


Review

To be reviewed February 2019