For teacher-assessed moderated units, candidates can produce work from home. This change will allow you to reduce the number of hours that you have to spend supervising summative assessment, so assessments are more likely to be completed. This is in addition to specific circumstances where our unit adaptations guidance indicates that working from home is an option.
It’s crucial that candidates produce their work themselves and that you can authenticate the work. Our normal rules around authenticity (for example students not plagiarising and teachers not giving candidates too much assistance through feedback and direction on what to write) and JCQ malpractice regulations will still apply.
This guidance explains our requirements for authenticating work produced at home. We’ve also included guidance on when work cannot be produced at home, which is largely based on health and safety issues:
To support the moderation process, centres must:
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As part of the internal assessment process, centres must do the following before they submit work for moderation:
There’s more information for teachers and candidates here:
We have support materials specifically for Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia:
For work that would normally be completed in the centre under direct supervision, candidates should only work elsewhere if it is the only option that allows the assessment to be completed. You are not required to use this adaptation. Please take the needs and well-being of the candidates into account when considering whether to use this adaptation.
Consider the following points when deciding what work candidates are able to do from home:
The reason for having a discussion is to confirm whether the candidate worked independently, by checking their understanding of aspects of what they did. For example, you could ask a question about a specific part of the work.
Do not confuse this approach with a professional discussion, referred to in some of the specific unit adaptations. Professional discussions are intended to provide an alternative form of evidence to replace the actual performance of a task and therefore would need to go into enough detail to cover the assessment criteria for that task.
Consider the following:
Having followed the guidance given here, if you don’t think that work produced is the candidate’s own, you should consider the following.
If the work is not the ‘final’ version to be marked but is in progress, you can:
If it is the final version, you should:
If you think the candidate has had help from others in producing the work, you must report the candidate to us as possible malpractice. (Teachers must also be careful to not over-assist candidates.)
If you think the candidate has copied another candidate, then you must report both candidates (the ‘copier’ and the ‘copied’) to us as possible malpractice.
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