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Professional Discussion 1

A 2.2 assess candidates performance against the agreed standards

Q. How do you use observation of performance to demonstrate achievement of particular standards?

* Observation is used to assess the competency of a candidate in performing physical tasks in a realistic working environment, usually the workplace. * To be competent, the candidate must show that he/she has the ability to carry out a task safely against the occupational standards of the relevant N.V.Q. element, and to satisfy the performance criteria.

Q How do you ensure the environment for observing candidates is safe?

* A Risk Assessment should be in place or be carried out before an observation takes place. * A decision should be taken by the assessor before an assessment of the suitability of an assessment e.g. during inclement weather. * All machines, tools and materials must comply with all Health and Safety legislation, Codes of practice and manufacturers recommendations.

Q Why is it important only to use the agreed standards to assess the evidence.

* The evidence is only valid if it is assessed against the occupational standards. * To ensure quality assurance is maintained.
* The standards have been agreed and submitted by the awarding body, and are the only standards which can be used and assessed against.

Q How do you ensure the assessment is fair?

* The assessment must be negotiated with the candidate who should be .familiar with the occupational standards he/she is to be assessed against. * The evidence should only be assessed against the occupational standards / performance criteria * Appropriate methods of assessment to suit candidate needs must be used * The assessor must be occupationally competent and be working towards or have the appropriate assessor award. * The candidate must be aware of the appeals procedure.

* The evidence should be valid, sufficient, current and authentic.

Q How do you ensure that all evidence presented is the candidates own work?

* Obtain a witness statement form supervisor, manager etc to verify it is the candidates own work. * Back up evidence through oral questioning.
* Evidence should be signed and dated by a witness, e.g. photographs, diary entries.

Q How do you ensure that your observation is unobtrusive and doesn’t interfere with the candidates work.

* Wherever possible the evidence assessed through observation should be naturally occurring. * Appropriate distance should be kept between assessor and candidate throughout the assessment. * Oral questioning may be used during an observation but should not distract the candidate.

Q Who would you speak to if you or your candidate had any difficulties.

* The internal verifier.

Q How would you provide feedback to your candidate after you have observed them.

* Feedback should be given orally to the candidate immediately after the assessment * This must include your assessment decision - i.e. competent, not yet competent. * The feedback must be constructive.

* The candidate must be given the opportunity to feedback to the assessor.

Q Evaluate how effective you believe observation is as a method of assessment.

Although this is a personal and subjective answer, generally observation is felt to be the strongest, valid and authentic method of assessment. Observation usually occurs by an assessor who knows the candidates capabilities, and therefore with agreement with the candidate, is aware when a the candidate is ready to be assessed. An assessment through observation including oral questioning. Can satisfy all the performance criteria and much of the scope as well as knowledge evidence of an element, and can be used if negotiated well to cover other performance criteria and scope in other elements.

Professional discussion 2

A2.3 - Assess Candidates Knowledge against the agreed Standards

Q How would you use questioning to demonstrate the knowledge...
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