T Level - Craft and Design - Lead Examiner (T Levels)

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Closing date:30 November 2023 at midnight 



For specified externally assessed components within the T Level programme in a given sector at level 3, the Lead Examiner will be the responsible and accountable subject expert for an externally assessed unit - in terms of specification interpretation, and the accuracy and correctness of assessment items.


Key Accountabilities


The Lead Examiner will:


       Work with employers and providers to create assessments

       Lead and support the development, production, review and amendment of externally assessed items for the area of subject responsibility

       ​Lead a team of examiners

       Lead on the awarding of assessment outcomes

       Keep up to date with changes in the sector

       Have detailed and up to date knowledge and understanding of the range of external assessment methodologies to be deployed

       Report to and update the chief examiner on a regular basis



       Produce an ‘end of exam series’ report within the parameters of a defined template in order to comment on national standards (also known as a Lead Examiners Report)

       ​Report back to Pearson within agreed time-frames

       Contribute to Pearson’s ‘ask the expert’ service where required

       Represent vocational assessment or Pearson as required

       Undertake any other duties appropriate to the work of vocational assessment in relation to this role.


The Assessment development process


For the development of external assessments, the Lead Examiner will:


       ​Write new external assessments in line with Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs) for a given unit/component

       Be responsible for the quality of all items deployed for external assessment

       Assist with the statistical analysis of external assessment data

       Advise Pearson of any changes which could have an impact on items’ performance

       Ensure all items provide a valid and fair test of achievement

       Input and lead on the training for item writing (if required)

       Lead on the standardisation of item writers as required

       Attend Question Paper Evaluation Committee (QPEC) meeting(s) to finalise external assessments

       Review amended external assessments as necessary

       ‘Sign off’ on the quality and appropriateness of the assessment or amend when requested to do so

       Respond to queries from Pearson concerning technical issues with items.


For the delivery of external assessments, the Lead Examiner will:


       Lead on the pre-standardisation of the senior examining team

       Lead on the training and standardisation of examiners

       Lead on the monitoring of examiners during the marking period

       Be responsible for the quality of marking

       ​Be responsible for the awarding of external assessment outcomes

       ​Provide timely feedback on examiner performance at the end of each exam series


Person Specification




      Substantial subject knowledge and expertise within the sector

      Significant experience in delivering and assessing vocational qualifications

      Experience in the production of external assessments within the sector

      Evidence of continuous professional development (CPD) in the field of Assessment of vocational qualifications

      Leading a team




      Experience of advising and supporting others in the production of external assessment within the sector.

      Experience of marking and results delivery, to include the examination

      Process, pre-standardisation and standardisation activities, and Awarding

      Experience of teaching or assessing externally assessed qualifications

      Experience of analysing statistical data in relation to performance of tested items. 

Application Information

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