External Examiner (EE) Higher Nationals Early Childhood Education and Care

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Closing date:07 May 2021 at midnight 

 Pearson is now recruiting 3 External Examiners for Higher Nationals Early Childhood Education and Care. If successful, you will need to be available to attend training for the ECEC standardisation which is on Friday 16th July 2021.  

Purpose of this Role

  • Undertake sampling of assessment and internal verification decisions for units from the Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care to affirm national standards have been achieved and upheld
  • Monitor through external examiner sampling and visit activities, centres’ compliance with Pearson quality assurance expectations for RQF BTEC Higher National programmes
  • Support centres during the sampling process
  • Support centres in the delivery of BTEC Higher National programmes to national standards.

Key Accountabilities

Covering a defined range of programmes within a PSA, the External Examiner will:

Undertake sampling of assessed student  work within defined parameters and rules to establish    that centres are assessing learning outcomes in accordance with Pearson standards for its Higher National qualifications

Provide sampling-related support and development to centres

Produce reports for centres and Pearson on the sampling undertaken, outcomes reached and support provided

Apply appropriate sanctions in consultation with the team leader where it is deemed assessment outcomes are not consistent with the published national standards  being met

Produce targeted actions for centres to assist with remedial action where national standards are not being upheld

Support centres to understand and implement identified actions

Facilitate the senior external examiner in sourcing materials for training and standardisation

Report back to Pearson and centres following EE activity within agreed service-level agreements

Undertake any other duties appropriate to the work of Technical and Professional Assessment in relation to this role


Previous Experience:



Significant experience in delivering and assessing BTEC Higher National qualifications in the early childhood subject area 

Hold a qualification at least at Level 6 and a full and relevant competence qualification for working in early childhood education and care 

Participation annually in online training and standardisation and successful completion of the set standardisation activity


Evidence of recent Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the field of     early years education and care 

A willingness to use  technology-based approaches to communication and centre support

Skills and Knowledge


Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills

A good working knowledge of the specifications that comprise the area of expertise for the role

A customer-focused approach

The need to meet deadlines

Develop and monitor clear action plans

Ability to work effectively as part of a team


Word processing and intermediate Excel skills

Application Information

We have a number of opportunities available for teaching professionals to join our growing teams of examiners, moderators and verifiers.