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  • 1. CERTIFICATE in Assessing Vocational Achievement Level 3 Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 2. Aim • To develop knowledge & understanding of vocational qualifications & the roles of individuals who are involved in the assessment process. Objectives • Identify the different roles of individuals involved vocational qualifications. • Explain terminology used in the assessment process. • Define the role of an assessor. • Plan and conduct an assessment. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 3. Introduction Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement – Has been developed from National Standards produced by the Employment National Training Organisations. – Aimed at ensuring quality assurance within the assessment and verification of vocational qualifications. – Will contribute to the overall performance of the training industry. – Is generic and can be used in relation to qualifications in all industries & occupations. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 4. Introduction Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement: • Is designed for those people involved in training and work-based learning which involves:  Assessing candidates against agreed standards of competence using a range of assessment methods.  Giving candidates feedback on your assessment decisions.  Contributing to the internal quality assurance processes. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 5. Introduction Vocational Qualifications are: • Developed from National Occupational Standards that are based on job responsibilities within an industry. • Work based qualifications that assess an individuals competence to do a job. • Different from more traditional qualifications because; – – – – – – – There are no formal entry requirements. There are no examinations. Assessment is via a portfolio of evidence. They take account of previous experience. Assessment is in the work environment. Land Transport They are nationally recognised by the relevant industry Each unit can be achieved individually. Henry Brett MMXI
  • 6. Competence of The Assessor Definition of a competent assessor: – Has experience in the occupational area covered by the national standards at the level he/she will assess. – Is qualified to the national standards for assessment. – Keeps his or her occupational competence up to date through a range of continuing professional development activities (CPD). Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 7. Mandatory Units Unit 1 - Understanding the principles and practices of assessment. Unit 2 - Assess occupational competence in the work environment. Unit 3 - Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 8. Key Organisations Sector Skills Councils (SSC) – GoSkills – Develop qualification standards. – Responsible for the on-going maintenance, control of, and revision of national standards. Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA) – Work with awarding bodies to publish a code of practice to promote quality, consistency and fairness in assessment and awarding of all vocational qualifications. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 9. Key Organisations Awarding Bodies Education Development International (edi) – Responsible for developing assessment strategies, defining the ‘rules’ for assessment and verification of vocational qualifications. – Responsible for developing qualifications from national standards. – Provide advice and guidance to centres. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 10. Key Organisations Assessment Centres – Responsible for registration, certification and maintenance of candidate records. – Provide fair assessment to national standards through trained, competent and qualified staff. Activity 1 (Workbook Page 4) – Matching Responsibilities with Key Organisations. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 11. Responsibilities & Roles External Verifier – Monitor the performance of centres. Internal Verifier – Provide advice and support to assessors. – Monitor assessor performance. – Devise assessment systems and policies. – Monitor quality assurance. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 12. Responsibilities & Roles Assessors – Develop plans for assessing candidates competence. – Give candidates feedback about their performance. – Review candidate progress throughout the qualification process. Activity 2 (Workbook Page 5) – Responsibilities in an Approved Centre. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 13. Structure of a Vocational Qualification UNIT – A major task for a particular job role ELEMENT – The task is split into component parts PERFORMANCE CRITERIA KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 14. Evidence & Vocational Qualifications Evidence: – Must come from real working environment. – Must come from current work or arise from previous experience. – Where work placements are used, work must be real and prove consistent performance over a period of time. – Must not be derived from training situations. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 15. Types of Evidence Performance evidence – Confirms a candidate’s performance in a real working environment. Knowledge evidence – Confirms a candidate’s knowledge of the task being assessed. Prior achievement – Evidence from another time or place which the candidate wants to use towards their qualification. Activity 3 (Workbook Page 6) – Vocational Qualifications & Types of Evidence. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 16. Four Assessment Stages 1. Initial Planning: – Identifies the most suitable qualification for the candidate. – The most suitable optional units for the candidate. – Highlights any development needs or extra support the candidate may require. Activity 4 (Workbook Page 7) – Initial Planning. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 17. Four Assessment Stages 2. Assessment Planning: – Identifies what units are going to be assessed. – Identifies what assessment methods the assessor intends to use. – Shows the time and place where the assessor will meet his/her candidate. – Helps the assessor to plan and manage time effectively, ensuring the assessment is cost effective. Activity 5 (Workbook Page 9) – Effective Planning for Assessment. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 18. Four Assessment Stages 3. Obtaining Evidence: – Through observation. – Work product evidence. – Witness testimony. – Personal statements. – Workbooks. – Written questioning. – Oral questioning. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 19. Four Assessment Stages 4. Making Judgements: (Assessment Methods) • When making judgements about the best assessment methods to be used, the assessor will refer to the following criteria;  Valid - Measures what it’s supposed to measure.  Authentic - Confirms that evidence is candidate’s own work.  Reliable - Produces consistent results.  Current - Proves current competence.  Sufficient - Is there enough evidence from the candidate?  Safe - Results in good quality evidence.  Fair – Suitable to the needs of the candidate. Activity 6 (Workbook Page 10-11) – Criteria for Assessment Methods. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 20. Four Assessment Stages 4. Making Judgements: (Assessor Judgements) • When making judgements about candidate’s evidence, the assessor uses the same criteria as assessment methods but in a slightly different context. • The assessor must decide if the candidate’s evidence; – Is acceptable. – Meets all relevant requirements of units and elements being assessed. – Proves consistent and current competence. – Is authentic Activity 7 (Workbook Page 12-13) – Criteria for Assessor Judgements. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 21. Internal Quality Assurance The Internal Verifier: – Is not an inspector that finds fault or rectifies faults and omissions. – Is an advisor and provider of constructive feedback to individual assessors and the assessment team. The Assessor: – Must fully understand their responsibilities in the quality assurance process. – Works closely with the internal verifier & the assessment team to ensure quality of assessment is maintained. Activity 8 (Workbook Page 14-15) – Your Part in Internal Quality Assurance. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 22. Data Protection & Confidentiality Data Protection Act: – Applies to data which is held manually as well as that held on computer. – Contains regulations relating to obtaining, holding, use of or disclosure of personal data relating to living customers. Confidentiality: – Candidates’ confidentiality and records must be protected by you and your organisation. – You should be familiar with your centre’s procedures for confidentiality and comply with them at all times. Activity 9 (Workbook Page 16) – Data Protection and Confidentiality. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 23. Complaints & Appeals Complaints Procedure: – Is an internal procedure dealt with by relevant staff in the centre. – Is used when a candidate has a complaint about the centre or any of its staff. Appeals Procedure: – Is designed to protect the candidate’s right to fair assessment. – Is used when a candidate wants to appeal against an assessment decision made by an assessor. Activity 10 (Workbook Page 17) – Complaints & Appeals Procedures. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 24. Assessor Portfolio • Familiarise yourself with all sections of the portfolio. • Complete the underpinning knowledge question bank. • Complete candidate claim to competence. Practical Assessments – Select TWO candidates. – Conduct an initial assessment on these two candidates to identify any extra support that may be required. – Plan and conduct your first assessment using the materials for your centre. – Give your candidates written feedback as well as verbal feedback. Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI
  • 25. Thank You! Any Questions? Land Transport Henry Brett MMXI