We specialise in the design, development and deployment of qualifications and assessments.
We help organisations improve their educational assessments. Many organisations use assessments – academic examinations, portfolio assessments of skills, observational workplace assessments for professionals. In all cases, good assessments make sure that people get the outcome they deserve: the right people pass and fail; the grades awarded are fair; the results are honest, reliable and defensible; and outcomes reflect the attributes that stakeholders value.
We advise certification agencies on different approaches to qualifications, frameworks and standards, and help them develop and deliver these in vocational, professional and academic disciplines.
We produce and manage high-stakes examination materials – writing and editing questions, organising trials with students, monitoring statistical performance of tests for quality assurance.
We support certification agencies in managing evidence-based assessments – portfolios, witness evidence, on-the-job assessment, practical examinations.
We provide training, consultancy and support for certification agencies, helping them to meet the needs of 21st-century candidates.
We are world leaders in helping certification agencies select, procure and deploy technology for assessment such as on-screen testing, marking and e-portfolio systems.
We provide statistical and qualitative monitoring services to certification agencies to provide evidence that their assessments are robust, fair and reliable.
We work with government departments and regulators to support their work in ensuring qualifications are fit for purpose and worthy of public confidence.
Client: Saudi Skills Standards Project: Qualifications and Standards Development for new National Vocational Awarding Organisation AlphaPlus has been working with SSS since 2013, assisting in establishing a new National Qualification Agency for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The work has involved developing 75 new qualifications, producing around 100 suites of occupational standards and supporting the establishment of a Certification Agency and Regulatory Authority for vocational qualifications in the Kingdom with training and capacity development.
Client: Ofqual Project: Validity of vocational qualifications We undertook a major research project for the Regulator in partnership with City and Guilds and NCFE (two of the leading UK vocational awarding organisations with large portfolios of qualifications under regulation by Ofqual) to research issues relating to the validity of vocational qualifications.
Training for certification agencies In partnership with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, we provide training services to UK certification agencies.
Client: Various UK awarding bodies Project: Examination production We write examinations in a range of academic and vocational subjects for a number of awarding organisations. Most commonly these are mathematics, English and IT examinations for GCSE level and above, but we also write assessments in a range of vocational subjects.
Client: Chartered Institute of Taxation Project: Introducing technology-supported assessment We are working with CIOT to provide on-screen examinations for candidates using laptops, electronic distribution of examination papers, and on-screen marking and moderation of scripts.
Client: Caribbean Examinations Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat Project: Support for Examination Agency We worked with CXC to help strengthen their examination systems, ensuring procedures are compatible with international standards, developing staff capacity and investigating new curriculum areas.