Support and Sampling During Delivery
The second stage of internal verification is the during delivery stage. This includes:
- standardisation activities
- sampling of candidates’ assessed work
- feedback by internal verifiers to assessors who marked assessments
- consideration of feedback from SQA external verification
- confirmation of results
- supporting assessors, responding to queries
- internal verifiers providing a second opinion in internal assessment appeals, cases of suspected malpractice in internal assessments, and on assessment arrangements
During delivery tasks
|Role of assessor||Role of internal verifier|
|Standardise assessment of candidates with colleagues||Participate in or lead standardisation activities
Ensure standardisation activities have taken place
|Raise any concerns or queries||Respond to queries, provide support and guidance to assessors|
|Make assessment judgements/respond to feedback from the internal verifier where required||Review assessment judgements and complete sampling of assessor(s). Provide feedback to assessor(s)
Internal assessment appeals process
Internal malpractice process
|Feedback to candidates||Agree final results|
During delivery records
A pro forma is provided for recording discussions and actions from meetings during the session. These may be staff team meetings, formal standardisation meetings, or smaller, informal meetings. This has a checklist of issues to be discussed during the year and allows you to record actions and decisions succinctly. There is also a completed example, for guidance.
- Record of Internal Verification During Delivery (68 KB)
- Record of Internal Verification During Delivery – Example (159 KB)
A pro forma is provided for recording the sampling of candidates’ assessed work by the internal verifier, feedback to the assessor and action points. This would be used in conjunction with the Candidate Achievement Record (CAR) to record which candidates’ work has been sampled. A completed example is provided, for guidance.
- Internal Verification Record of Sampling (64 KB)
- Internal Verification Record of Sampling – Example (104 KB)
- Guidance on Internal Verification Sampling Strategies (73 KB)
Internal assessment appeals and malpractice
The fact that National Qualifications are largely internally-assessed means that the centre delivering them must have a documented procedure for dealing with appeals from candidates about their results in assessments, if they feel that they have been treated unfairly in the assessment. Internal verifiers have a role in this, providing a second opinion on assessment judgements when an appeal is raised.
SQA centres should have procedures for dealing with instances of suspected malpractice in internal assessments, as well as in externally-assessed examinations or coursework. Internal verifiers may be asked to provide a second opinion during investigations of suspected malpractice.
Internal Verification Toolkit pro forma - Single download