1.1 The Association of British Education Awards (ABEA) is aware that there may be a risk that some centres with a business interest in the outcome of assessments may have a conflict of interest when determining the achievement of learners. To mitigate this risk ABEA requires centres to have in place, and to apply, sufficient and robust quality assurance procedures to safeguard the integrity of ABEA qualifications. This will include how a centre manages conflicts of interest and how the assessment process is protected from any potential adverse effect.
1.2 A conflict of interest in this context can be defined as a situation that has the potential to undermine the impartiality of a tutor, assessor, and internal verifier because of a person’s self-interest, professional interest or public interest.
1.3 ABEA is required under its Conditions of Recognition to be aware of any potential conflicts of interest that may impact on the outcomes of internal assessment and ultimately the award of a qualification.
1.4 A centre policy/staff contract should make it clear to staff what may constitute a conflict of interest, and when, to whom and where this should be declared and recorded.
1.5 The following are examples of potential conflicts of interest. This list is by no means exhaustive and centres must develop their own policies and procedures.
- A member of staff works for a centre and a family member takes a qualification at the same centre;
- A member of staff at the centre is completing a qualification delivered and assessed by the centre;
- Tutor/assessor/IV working with more than one centre or private training provider;
- Tutor/assessor/IV partaking in the appointment, promotion, supervision or evaluation of a person with whom they have family connections;
- A member of centre’s staff involved in the delivery/outcome of an ABEA Awards qualification having a family connection with an ABEA registered learner or learner’s family.