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What is Internal Quality Assurance (IQA)?
Internal quality assurance measures learners' achievements, assessors' judgements, assessors' knowledge and the standard of processes and procedures within a provider.

This is ensures that the:
- learners can achieve their qualifications,
- assessors are making the correct assessment judgements and the
- training provider is offering a high quality service
- ensuring that staff working within a provider are qualified and competent.

Functions of Internal Quality Assurance include:
• Monitoring the quality of assessment judgements
• Ensuring consistent and reliable assessment judgements are made across a provider
• Highlighting any problems, trends and development needs of assessors
• Ensuring all procedures and policies within a provider are adhered to and maintained by assessors and staff in general.

Internal Quality Assurance reviews:
• The knowledge, experience and competency of the assessors
• How well the learners meet the assessment criteria and learning outcomes of a qualification
• The assessment judgements made by assessors
• The standards of assessment and delivery sessions
• The records and reports kept by a provider, such as IQA Reports, sampling plans etc.

The four main elements related to internal quality assurance include:
• Sampling – Reviewing learner evidence and assessor judgements and feedback
• Standardisation – Ensuring all assessors who deliver and assess on a qualification are doing so to the same standards.
• Observation – Observing assessor practice ensures that delivery and assessment of a qualification or course is done so to the correct standard
• Feedback – Obtaining and analysing learner feedback on their experiences within a provider.

IQA includes monitoring the training and assessment activities and the quality of evidence learners produce and it helps to ensure that assessments and IQA activities are:
- valid,
- authentic,
- sufficient,
- fair and
- reliable.

Internal quality assurance measures the quality, delivery, processes, procedures and learner achievements.

Key Concepts and Principles of Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment include:-
• ensuring quality standards throughout the learner journey
• ensuring accuracy and consistency of assessment decisions made by assessors
• identifying issues and trends that develop
• supporting and developing assessors and tutors
• ensuring accountability for assessment decisions and quality standards, awarding body procedures and policies are maintained
• ensuring achievement made by learners and judged by assessors is recognised and meets the grading criteria
• ensuring the correct and appropriate assessment strategies are used by assessors
• ensuring confidently of the learner and provider are maintained at all times
• ensuring sampling both interim and summative is occurring.

Internal quality assurance principles include:
- ensuring standardisation activities take place,
- assessment decisions embrace inclusion,
- equality is promoted with learners and the diversity of learners is valued by all staff
- ensures fairness is done in all assessment judgements and that
- clear and auditable records are held securely within a provider.

Other principles of IQA include maintaining health and safety practices, ensuring all centre employees have access to training and CPD activities. IQA must also ensure assessors and staff members are motivated and that clear communication between all provider employees takes place regularly.

Ref: http://www.educatinguk.com/what-is-internal-quality-assurance/ Oct, 28, 2016

Alfred Syl-Turay Consultant NVQ Assessor-
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Represented Alpa Gateway College at the Pearson Education to Employment Apprenticeship Conference in London in 2016 as Consultant Tutor and Assessor.

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