1.1 CCETSW Rules & Requirements: CCETSW requires programme providers "to establish a properly constituted Assessment Board, with formally delegated powers in relation to student assessment for the Council's award" (Rules and Requirements for the DipSW, revised 1995, section 6.2.1).
"The terms of reference of the Programme Assessment Board should include:
1.2 Consortium DipSW Regulations
1.2.1The Consortium PAB will meet in conjunction with the Route Assessment Panel, which will make a recommendation to the PAB on pass/fail gradings for students. The PAB has complete and final authority in relation to the assessment of the DipSW programme and will record a final assessment decision at Part 1 and Part 2. The decision to fail a student off the course must be taken by a quorate PAB. (see paragraph 2.2.1)
1.3 Relationship between the Practice Assessment Panel (PAP) and the PAB
1.3.1The task of the PAP is to make a grading recommendation to the PAB on the student's practice placement. The PAB will make the final grading decision. The PAP's recommendation will be based on the student's and practice teacher's reports, but will also (where applicable) draw on a second opinion practice teachers report and/or discussions with the student, practice teacher(s) and the tutor.
The recommendation made by the PAP has equal status to those made to the PAB by the practice teacher and the second opinion practice teacher (where applicable).
1.4 The Role of the Consortium Secretariat
1.4.1 The role of the Consortium Office in respect of PABs will be:
- to liaise with routes and PAB chairs in setting dates for PAB meetings, arranging quorate membership, etc.;
- to receive provisional results and any other relevant documentation from routes prior to PAB meetings, and advise routes (in the light of regulatory requirements) on any problems arising;
[note: where in respect of an individual student the PAB requires to consider placement grading recommendations that are problematic or conflicting (see section 3 of this document) the PAB Chair will decide who is required to attend the meeting, while routes will be responsible for arranging attendance, venue etc., and distributing papers in advance];
- to liaise with routes and PAB chairs in the setting up of extraordinary meetings of the PAB, arising from a successful appeal
- to receive notification of PAB assessment decisions and a copy of the minutes of each meeting from routes, in order to track student progress and report to CCETSW;
- to receive from routes notice of a student's intention to appeal, and notification of the outcome.
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