Explain how to monitor children and young people's development using different methods (3.1) e.g. observation
information from carers and colleagues
There are a few methods to monitor the development of children and young people:
Observation. The observation could be formal and informal and both types have the advantages and disadvantages. 1.1.
Informal observations - these are carried out daily when working with a pupil and overtime a picture can be built of the pupil’s progress and if there are any issues such as unable to draw circles with a compass, not recording homework correctly in the planner. These may be small but over time a picture of each pupil will be built up. It is likely that Teacher Assistants will discuss their observations with teachers. A disadvantage of informal observations is that they may not be recorded and might be forgotten to be passed on. 1.2.
Formal observations - this may be carried out to support the teacher on assessing a pupil’s level of development such as a controlled assessment or a speaking and listening test. 2.
Standard Measurements - this is usually carried out by medical practitioners to ensure that a child is growing at the expected rate for their age. School tests/cognitive aptitude tests that demonstrate a snapshot of children's academic ability or skill at retaining taught information and that might then be used to compare outcomes between a larger population of same-age children. Health programmes that might measure head circumference, weight, height, visual and auditory functioning. Educational psychologists may use reasoning tests to assess an intellectual age in contrast to a chronological age. 3.
Information from carers and colleagues - information from carers can be vital if there is a factor that may be influencing the development of a young person an example may be that the pupil is being bullied or they don’t understand the learning objective but are too scared to ask for...
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