Principal Examiner – Role Description Purpose To produce appropriate assessment materials, including question papers and marking schemes, and be responsible for the standardisation of its marking. Main duties To produce a working draft question paper in accordance with the syllabus specification, ensuring parity of standards across optional questions on the paper, and ensuring the level of difficulty is consistent with the qualification and with previous years. To produce a marking scheme for the draft paper demonstrating the syllabus coverage, links to study materials and how the assessment criteria has been met. To attend the question paper peer review meeting and to revise the paper in accordance with the decisions taken at the meeting. To acknowledge and take action in relation to feedback from previous examination sessions, including recommendations from relevant monitoring reports. To conduct a standardisation meetings with examiners marking the paper to ensure that they understand both the administrative procedures and the mark scheme, and will mark consistently and accurately. To supervise the work, monitor the standards and report on the work of examiners allocated to them, and to take steps to ensure accuracy and consistency. This includes: o Re-marking samples of scripts from examiners; o Reviewing a sample of marked examination scripts and all borderline candidate scripts; o Reporting back to examiners about the consistency of their marking; o Being available on the phone/email to examiners for advice and guidance; o Recommending scaling of examiners’ marking, where necessary. To recommend the appointment, training and reappointment of examiners. To provide a written report to the Chief Principal Examiner at the end of each examination session summarising o the results and pass rates o standard deviation statistics o candidates’ performance on each question within the paper o any anomalies in the marking that may materially affect the examination session; To undertake remarking and report writing following result enquiries and appeals. To recommend to IRM proposals for changes to the syllabus. To attend specific examination training events organised by IRM. Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience Essential Expert knowledge of the module area A minimum of 5 year’s risk management experience Previous experience in higher education and/or a professional body of marking or evaluating assessments Desirable Able to demonstrate being up to date in educational assessment methodology. Teaching, tutoring or coaching experience Hold an IRM qualification Personal Qualities High level of attention to detail Able to work to tight deadlines Able to give and take constructive criticism and feedback Able to lead and motivate teams IT literate; able to compile and check statistics Commitment to CPD to ensure knowledge and expertise in risk management is maintained Tenure 2 years, renewable by mutual agreement. Fee Fee per examination session: £1,000 plus £4.50 per moderated script. Reasonable and appropriate expenses, e.g. travel, postage etc. will also be met. Appointed by Operations Director in consultation with Head of Qualifications and Assessment. Reporting to Chief Principal Examiner on the quality of examination papers and marking. Head of Qualifications and Assessment for contractual and administrative items.