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Explain the roles and responsibilities of an assessor including the boundaries and limitations of your role

An assessor is responsible for ensuring that a learner is competent in a set skill whilst following set criteria. An assessor should induct the learner into the qualification, explaining what needs to be done and identifying any additional support needed. The assessor should start by identifying if the learner has any previous knowledge in the skill they have set, assessing the learner’s knowledge in a range of tasks. The assessor should be able to communicate the assessment requirements to learners and plan assessments to meet a learner’s needs. Assessors should plan assessments with learners in advance, setting and modifying learning targets. They must ensure that a learner has demonstrated competence in a task and carry out assessments and make assessment decisions. The assessor should be able to modify the assessment methods ensuring that each learner is able to become competent without being put under too much pressure and making sure that if a learner has special needs or gets nervous under intense pressure, that they change their assessment methods to help a leaner. They should compare their evidence with set standards and make assessment decisions from this. The responsibility of an assessor is also to provide accurate and constructive feedback to a leaner and record the assessment process and decisions. Every assessor should review the progress with each learner and be able to help them with their needs and requirements. Holistic learning is where an assessor looks at the whole process. Rather than doing a qualification unit by unit, using holistic learning means an assessor can link in their methods and assessment times by using more than one unit at a time, this makes the assessment process easier, it saves time and by linking methods together an assessor can pull out knowledge from the learner. The learners are therefore able to spend more...
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