We are currently recruiting for Subject Specialists to support the development, assessment, and delivery for the following area(s):
Purpose of this role:
A Subject Specialist supports the development, assessment and/or delivery for apprenticeship, work or role based products.
Successful candidates will undertake activities, that support, trials, or comments on material during the production of specifications, tests or other assessment materials. Suitable individuals may also be invited to undertake additional activities by supporting the writing/editing/reviewing or assessing of the materials.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Provides up-to-date sector or subject specific expertise that feeds into the development of the required materials.
Keep up to date with changes in the sector
Have detailed knowledge of the requirements/standards/specifications that encompass the role or area of expertise
Meet deadlines & report back to Pearson within agreed time-frames
Ensure parity of standards
Adhere to guidance provided by Pearson.
Work effectively with colleagues
Take part in training and standardisation activities, associated with the role, as required
Scrutinising / Checking Activities
Work through and check the final proofs of the assessment material(s) without reference to the mark scheme(s) to ensure that the questions/tasks can be answered in the time allowed and that there are no errors or omissions.
Check the mark scheme(s) to ensure that the marks given are identical to those on the question paper(s).
Identify any other feature of the materials which may cause difficulties for the candidates.
Submit a full report on the form(s) provided and within the timescale agreed
Write the required materials assigned according to the brief provided
Respond positively to feedback received
Provide content in the required format using the specified format for submission
Make amendments following feedback
Editing/ Reviewing Activities
Edit/review materials to ensure they are grammatically correct and fit for purpose
Offer constructive feedback clearly and concisely
Review/comment on draft materials on the appropriateness of sector/subject content within the materials in line with the given brief
Attend development / review meetings and contribute to the development of the materials to ensure they are in line with brief
Be responsive to individual needs and circumstances, specific to the employer and apprentices undertaking end-point assessment
Assess the performance of candidates in accordance with published assessment and grading criteria and procedures, ensuring overall standards are maintained
Follow the protocols set out in Pearson’s specifications, assessment materials and quality assurance protocols, relating to the EPAs
Maintain service-level agreements with regards to responding to EPA planning, operational activities, reports and submissions of assessment outcomes
Report all risks and issues encountered during the end-point assessment to Pearson, including any suspected malpractice/maladministration
Ensure all EPA reports and assessment evidence are high quality and recorded accurately
Support Pearson, if necessary, with any appeals from apprentices, regarding assessment decisions
Raise any conflicts of interest, including in relation to the independence of assessment
Contribute to the external quality assurance activities undertaken by Ofqual
Please note: Some activities are only available at particular points during, or after, the development of materials. Some activities may not be required for a given development.
Have significant relevant practical experience developing players within the specific elite sports environment which may typically (but not always) be demonstrated by 5 or more years’ experience
Have significant relevant practical experience of working with players and coaches in the specific elite sports performance and talent development environments which may typically (but not always) be demonstrated by 5 or more years’ experience
Undertake a minimum of 2 days continuing professional development relating to the actual sport per year
Hold a recognised sport specific coaching qualification at Level 3 or higher
Be approved or sanctioned by the relevant National Governing Body of sport
Current sector experience/applied subject knowledge (with a min of 2 years experience)
Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills
Ability to meet deadlines
For All Activities
Educated to a level 4 standard or above with relevant qualifications for the sector/subject area of choice
Experience in delivering and assessing vocational qualifications
Evidence of continuous Professional Development (CPD) in subject specialism
A clear understanding of the educational landscape and regulatory requirements for qualifications
Experience in the examination process, pre-standardisation and standardisation activities, and awarding
Experience of teaching or assessing externally assessed qualifications
Editing / Reviewing Activities
Hold or be working towards Assessor Award (EPAQ/A1/A2/D32/D33/TAQA or equivalent qualification)
Hold an appropriate/relevant qualification as directed by the assessment plan
Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory requirements
Experience of leading meetings/structured interviews/discussions
Recent experience of working within the industry/sector
Experience of making grading judgements
Experience of assessing and reporting risks
Knowledge of Prevent & safeguarding
Any applicant undertaking this role will be expected to:
Have personal IT equipment capable of running Pearson required software
Have a suitable broadband connection, Microphone, Headphones and a webcam
Have a personal and secure email account
Have a postal address in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey Isle of Man
Have the right to work in the UK
Declare any conflicts of interest that could impact on the role
Have availability of a minimum of 10 days, depending upon the requirements and workload for the sector, in any given year for attending meetings
Allow sufficient time for completion of duties and tasks as directed by the role.
Undertake any other duties appropriate as required by Pearson in relation to this role
Abide by the terms of conditions as stated in the contract for work
Applicants selected for additional activities may be required to complete tasks, training and/or standardisation before work can be allocated
Ensure sufficient time and availability before contracts are accepted.
Ensure that Pearson contact is notified of any issues that may delay the submission or completion of material/work.