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Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
Q1 - Explain the Function of assessment in learning and development The assessment cycle continues until all aspects of the qualification have been achieved by the learner:- Initial assessment – Prior knowledge of the subject to determine teaching style. Assessment planning – agree what types and methods of assessments are to take place Assessment Activity – what methods, e.g. observational/ assignments/ questioning Assessment decisions and feedback – judge success and give constructive criticism Review of progress – review and update assessment plan until learner completes or leaves

Define the key concepts and principles of assessment
Assessment is the way of finding and documenting that learning has taken place. It also enables you as the assessor to identify if the learner has achieved the required competencies, skill and knowledge needed at the given point of assessment towards their qualification. Assessment need to be a regular process built into the training program. The starting point of assessment is the pre-course information. It must be explained when assessment is taking place and what form the assessment will be in. Criteria for success must also be given.

Explain the responsibilities of the assessor
Attending meeting, exhibitions, award ceremonies, presentation events; Carrying out assessments in accordance with organisations requirements; Checking the authenticity of any whiteness testimonies;

Completing and maintaining safe and secure records;
Countersigning other assessor’s judgements;
Dealing with any appeals made against your assessment decisions; Following organisational and regulatory body procedures;
Identifying and dealing with and barriers to fair assessment; Implementing internal and external verifier’s action points; Liaising with others involved in the assessment process;
Making judgements based on the assessment criteria;
Maintaining occupational competencies;
Negotiation and agreeing assessment types and methods;
Making best use of different assessment types and methods;
Providing statistics to managers;
Reviewing learner’s progress;
Standardising practices with other assessors;
Supporting learners with special requirements;
Working towards relevant qualification;

Identify the regulations and requirements relevant to the assessment in your own area of practice The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulation 1981
Provide adequate first aid equipment, facilities and people. Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999
Assess the risks on anyone who may be affected by their activities. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
Duty to register and undergo vetting process if working with vulnerable groups Equality Act 2010
Non-discrimination of age, disability, gender, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation.

Q2 – Understand different types of assessment record
Compare the strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods with reference to the needs of individual learners

ASSIGNMENT – Several activities or tasks, practical or theoretical, to assess various aspects of a qualification over a period of time. Strengths
Challenges a learners potential
Consolidate learning
Several aspects of a qualification can be assessed
Some assignment are set with clear criteria by awarding organisation Limitations
Ensuring all aspects of the syllabus are covered
Can be time consuming to prepare and assess
Must be individually assessed with written feedback
Assessor may be biased when marking

CASE STUDY / SCENARIOS – Hypothetical situation, a description of an actual event or incomplete event, enabling learners to explore the situation. Strengths
Can make topics more realistic enhancing motivation and interest Can be conducted individually or in a group
Builds on current knowledge and experience
Limitations
If assessed in a group roles need to be individually assigned an personal contribution...
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