AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams


Level:  Intermediate

Duration:  5 hours

Description:  Marking of constructed response questions is a key factor in ensuring your assessments are reliable and therefore valid. Are you following best practice?

‘Constructed response’ questions – i.e. those where candidates write their own answers – are considered essential in many UK assessments.

This programme deals with many facets of marking relevant for high quality assessment. 

Topics covered:

  • how to design and test reliable mark schemes
  • how to undertake marker recruitment and training
  • marking standardisation
  • monitoring markers during the marking period (either using conventional techniques or on-screen marking tools)
  • evaluating the quality of marking using reliability analyses
  • selecting and deploying on-screen marking technologies

Typical Task – consideration of how quality improvements can be introduced into your marking process.


For more information about our AO training service, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718

Sample training materials

We recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand. All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

We've uploaded some of our training materials for you to view. Please click on the link below to access a zip file of these PDFs:

  • Vocational qualification development guidance
  • Vocational qualification development presentation
  • Vocational qualification development reading list

Download sample training materials