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Assignment Four: Understand the use of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping.

As a trainer we need to know what an assessment is

“An Assessment is a way of finding out if learning has taken place. It enables you, the assessor to ascertain if your student has gained the required skills and knowledge needed at a given point towards a course or qualifications”

Ann Gravells – Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector.

Types of assessment I would use are:-
• Initial
• Diagnostic
• Formative
• Summative

When I assessing I will ensure the assessments are as follows:- • Valid
• Authentic
• Current
• Sufficient
• Fair

In the subject area in which I teach an initial assessment would be completed by learner’s prior knowledge/experience, preferred learning methods, goals and expectations Plus health questionnaires disclosing any ongoing health issues or disabilities that require assistance or adaptations.

Throughout the learning process I would assess their work, this may be me assessing written work or observing practical work, feedback is given to the learner through a supervision process where anything discussed about the learning would be documented on their own training plan. Formative assessments, updating progression information, are continually made during the course through question and answer sessions, group and individual discussions.

With a physical subject such as Manual Handling assessment includes observing learners performance in terms of correct Posture, handling techniques, co-ordination and communication skills. Assessment is also made from discussions and question and answer sessions together with information recorded on ILP’s. The results are then set down on group profiles and records of initial assessment for reference when planning inclusive and differentiated sessions.
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