A Analyse the role and use of initial and diagnostic assessment in agreeing individual learning goals with learners (ref 1.1)
The role of initial assessment assists in the process of determining suitability of learners for a certain subject. It also assists me as a tutor in acquiring a learner’s prior knowledge of a subject. Initial assessment is used at the start of a qualification and will give me an understanding of the level that a learner is currently working at, and where they may need additional support. Part of our initial assessment process is to get the learner to complete a ‘persona skills diagnostic’ which will allow me to look at the learners’ strengths and weaknesses. Initial and diagnostic assessment will help to form the basics of where a learner should begin their programme of learning. Following initial assessment, I will begin the process of diagnostic testing which will highlight any key areas that a learner may require extra support. Once the needs of a learner have been identified, I can then work with learners on an individual basis to start to agree and set learning goals and targets. It’s important to remember that initial and diagnostic assessments form part of the application for learning. Continual assessment should take place throughout the duration of the learning experience. Once I have considered the results from the initial and diagnostic assessments I will be able to work with my learner to develop individual learning goals and targets and I will be able to focus particularly on the areas of development. To conduct initial and diagnostic assessments the company I work for use Maths and English testing, questionnaires and self-assessments. I will also use observation and oral questioning as part of the initial assessment.
B Explain how your own planning meets the individual needs of learners (ref 2.3)
When planning for
References: A complete guide to The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training by L Machin Geoff Petty (2002) Teaching Today archive.excellencegateway.org.uk/media/Skills%2520for%2520Life%2520Support%2520Programme/Chapter_11_Embedding_LLN_CB_V2.doc+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk date last accessed 19.10.2014