Opportunity to act as National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) Standards Setting Panel Member

The Department for Education has contracted AlphaPlus to develop new National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) content for child and family social worker assessments. To direct this work we are establishing a panel. We are now seeking to appoint qualified social workers (children and families) with a demonstrable, substantial track record of practice and ongoing professional development, preferably within the last five years, to form a small inclusive panel that can make decisions about the standard social work candidates from all backgrounds should be required to meet in order to be NAAS accredited.

The work is paid, occasional, home-based, and likely to require a time commitment of six working days in one year, commencing in Autumn 2020. It is expected that panel members will be able to fulfil their duties alongside their main work and other commitments. They should also have access to and competence using ICT to support this work.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • contributing to derivation of the NAAS importance statement. An importance statement sets out in a succinct form the key aspects of a subject in a way that enables those involved in its learning, teaching and assessment to focus on what is important within the particular subject.
  • contributing to the derivation of the definition of a minimally competent candidate for NAAS. This is the candidate who performs on the borderline of acceptable performance, below which the performance would be described as unacceptable.
  • carrying out standards setting activities as allocated using the agreed methodology and process
  • contributing own knowledge and expertise to panel discussions relating to each stage of standards setting
  • evaluating each standards setting exercise as directed by the chair
  • reviewing and feeding back to the chair on the cut score derivation report.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview. For an informal discussion about the vacancy please contact Tom Hooley, AlphaPlus project manager, by email,, providing your contact telephone number. A member of the team will then contact you at a convenient time.

Panel members will be briefed fully about their roles and responsibilities upon appointment and trained and supported to carry out their responsibilities (see role description).

The role description and person specification are located here and the application form here.

To apply, please send the completed application form together with a CV and covering statement setting out how you meet the criteria for this role, to by 6 September 2020. The CV and covering statement comprise important elements of the selection process, alongside the interview. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for completion.

AlphaPlus is committed to providing equal opportunities to all and has an inclusive approach to recruitment, selection and employment. We particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics, in order to ensure the panel reflects the diversity of the workforce.

Demographic details requested as part of our monitoring process are not used in our selection process. You are invited to download and complete the equal opportunities monitoring form located here and return it encrypted to or by post, marked Confidential, to Tom Hooley, AlphaPlus, Albert Mill, 10 Hulme Hall Road, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4JY.

Successful candidates will be required to enter into an associate agreement with AlphaPlus.

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