We provide a formal route for learners wishing to appeal against an assessment decision. All learners are assessed against the relevent regulating organisation criteria, where applicable. Assessment decisions are made by Assessors who have a recognised Assessor qualification.
Areas for Appeal
Our Appeals Policy enables learners in certain situations to make a formal appeal against a recommendation or assessment decision relating to:
the regulating organisation External Quality Assurer’s decision on any element of assessment that differs to the Assessor’s or Internal Quality Assurer’s decision (for example, if an internal assessment has been marked by the centre Assessor as achieved but the External Quality Assurer disagrees with this decision).
an application for a reasonable adjustment or special consideration submitted to the regulating organisation for approval.
our final, overall assessment decision for a unit or qualification.
Grounds for Appeal
The following is a list of examples and is not comprehensive:
A reasonable adjustment was refused without reason or a decision to limit a requested reasonable adjustment proved to be inappropriate or insufficient.
The learner requested special consideration but this does not seem to have been applied.
There was inappropriate or irregular conduct on the part of the Assessor.
The learner should discuss on the day they receive the assessment decision their intention to appeal that decision with the Assessor responsible for informing the learner of that decision. If the learner is dissatisfied with the outcome of this discussion, the learner should complete the Learner Appeals Application form and submit this to [email protected] or by post to: Internal Quality Assurer, TRAINFITNESS, 2A Moonraker Point, Pocock Street, London, SE1 0FN. The learners must submit this form within five days of the date of the assessment and include with it any supporting evidence (see additional notes below). Appeals received after this time will not be heard.
Once received by us, our Internal Quality Assurer (“IQA”) will investigate the appeal and respond in writing to the learner with a decision within 20 working days of receipt of the form. If the learner is dissatisfied with the IQA’s decision, the learner should make a complaint directly to the regulating organisation.
It is extremely difficult to investigate appeals without impartial evidence. Therefore, appeals against referrals in practical teaching based solely on the learner’s disagreement with the Assessor’s decision will only be considered when accompanied by a video recording of the learner’s practical assessment.
The learner has the right to video any aspect of their practical assessment using their own video recording equipment provided it does not interfere with the assessment process, other learners or the Assessor’s ability to carry out their role(s).
It is the responsibility of the learner to arrange a video operator.
Prior to the assessment date and so that a decision can be made for deferral, it is the responsibility of the learner to notify us of any medical problem which may affect the learner’s performance adversely in the assessment process.