We are currently recruiting Lead Examiners for the following sectors:
- L4 Certificate in Cyber Security Introduction
- L4 Certificate in Network and Digital Communications Theory
- L4 Certificate in Security Case Development and Design Good Practice
- L4 Certificate in Security Technology Building Blocks
- L4 Certificate in Employment of Cryptography
- L4 Certificate in Risk Assessment
- L4 Certificate in Governance, Organisation, Law, Regulation & Standards
Purpose of this role:
Be the responsible subject expert for tested unit assessment in terms of specification interpretation with the overall accountability for the accuracy and correctness of the assessments.
To provide support for the development, production, review and amendment of tested assessments by leading the team of subject experts.
The lead examiner will be required to:
Set the questions and mark schemes for the question paper or approve those set by other examiners
Ensure that all tests for which they are responsible offer a valid and reliable assessment.
Ensure that the external assessments as a whole cover the assessment criteria, as set out in the specification, and satisfactorily sample the appropriate content
Ensure that, over a reasonable number of years, the examination as a whole will address all the specification content
Ensure parity across different test versions.
Be the first point of contact for Pearson staff with technical queries
Monitor the standards of and provide developmental feedback/support to item writers and technical editors
Provide an assessment of writer/editor performance.
Be involved in the awarding process, advise members on how the question paper functioned and where appropriate, recommend preliminary mark ranges for the judgemental grade boundaries for the question paper
Seek to ensure parity of standards across optional questions in the paper and assist the Senior Lead Examiner in ensuring parity of standards across optional papers
Report to and update the Senior Lead examiner/Principal Lead Examiner on the performance of the assessments for which they are responsible.
Consult the Senior Lead Examiner and SSV/PSV to agree the interpretation of standards within their subject.
The lead examiner must:
Keep up to date with changes in their sector
Advise Pearson of any changes which could have an impact on test items
Ensure all items provide a valid and fair test of achievement
Edit new items and assist with the statistical analysis of test data
Attend training in writing items for the prescribed specialist qualification
Attend meeting(s) to review written tests.
Attend awarding meetings as required
Review amended items as necessary
Respond to Pearson staff queries concerning technical issues with items.
Reviewing test statistics and items provided and inform Vocational assessment of any issues
Attend review meetings to review statistical data
Provide alternative items where necessary to ensure appropriate amendments are delivered in a timely fashion.
Support the Principle/Senior Lead examiner as required in the training, standardisation of marking for the allocated papers.
Previous Work Experience:
You will hold a minimum of one year experience within the occupational field
Substantial subject knowledge and expertise within the sector
Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the field of assessment of vocational qualifications
Experience of Analysing statistical data in relation to performance of tested items. Experience of advising and supporting others in the production tested assessment within the sector.
Significant experience in delivering and assessing vocational qualifications
Experience in the production of tested assessments within the sector
Lower or higher level assessment and delivery experience across a range of qualifications
Skills and Knowledge:
A clear understanding of the educational landscape and regulatory requirements for qualifications and apprenticeships.
Detailed knowledge of the specifications that comprise the area of expertise for the role
Excellent report writing skills
Ability to edit materials to ensure they are fit for purpose
Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills
Ability to understand the implications of decisions taken on Pearson’s behalf and not to operate outside the sphere of responsibility defined within this job description
Demonstrable people management skills
Any associate undertaking this role must:
Have personal IT equipment capable of running Pearson required software
Have a suitable internet connection
Have a personal and secure email account
Have a postal address in the United Kingdom or Republic or Ireland
Declare any conflicts of interest that could impact on the role
Have availability, dependent upon the requirements and workload for the sector, in any given year
Abide by the terms of conditions as stated in the contract for work
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