Presentation on theme: "Assessor Professional Development"— Presentation transcript:
1Assessor Professional Development ACVOAssessment Centre for Voluntary OrganisationsICEYEInternet College for Early Years Education
2Purpose of APDTo provide a structured development programme to explore how assessment practice can improve the quality of the learning experience for the candidate
3Outcomes of APD Improved assessment practice Individual learning plans meet the needs of the learners and their organisationsConfident and knowledgeable assessorsContribute to the level of skills, knowledge and competence of the voluntary and community sector workforce
4The APD Journey 6 one day inter active workshops Common ACVO approach to assessmentRecognise associated roles and responsibilitiesOpportunity for personal developmentRecognition of current practiceSupport an ACVO team approach
5Expectations That we will have a good time learning from each other That we will work collectively and support each others learning and developmentThat as ‘ACVO Associates’ we can provide a sustainable income
6Characteristics of a competence based learning and assessment model NVQ RecapCharacteristics of a competence based learning and assessment model
7CharacteristicsProvision of a general educational experience of intrinsic worth in its own rightAssessed in the workplace against nationally recognised industry-led standard
8Characteristics - continued Preparation for entry in to specific job roles or further professional developmentAssessment of existing competence, formally interrogatedThe two approach dilemma of development or/and recognition
9Advantages to the Candidates Self pacedCan do, have done, will do work relatedIdentify personal development needs linked to organisational needsOwnership of the processProof of competenceIn a range of skills, in a variety of circumstances, with different groups in the workplace
10Advantages - continued Accreditation of prior learning and experienceProcess is empowering and transparent
11Competence BasedResponsibility of the candidate to identify , gather, collate and present evidenceAssessment is a formal examination of the evidence suppliedAcross a range, with underpinning knowledge and understanding
12Competence BasedNot a pass/fail system but a credit towards further developmentLinks to the training and development cycle
13Disadvantages to the Candidate Not a traditional courseLess opportunity for group interaction (other than through planned activity)Can take longer than a traditional courseCandidates see more work than in a traditional course
14Disadvantages Candidate needs lots of support throughout, particularly Understanding the languageRetaining a holistic view of the AwardDesign and administration of the portfolio
15Demands of Assessors New skills have to be learned New demands from candidates experienceIncrease in individual trackingMore knowledge of individual work rolesAPL expertiseInterpretation of standardsAssessment skills
16ENTO Guardians of the standards ALI Inspection reports – of all organisations offering adult learning 46% inadequate‘uniformally getting a raw deal’ –BBC 2004Success rates for all WB Learning 36%For FMA’s 29%
17Work Based Assessment‘Work-based assessors present the best option for both employers and candidates. Peripatetic assessors can do an excellent job but it can be difficult to arrange assessment opportunities particularly when dealing with unpredictable situations in the workplace’.
18Work Based Assessment‘Although I agree with this in theory - in practice we have found that employers do not always recognise the need to give work-based assessors the TIME and resources to do the job effectively. This is when external providers offer the best solution, as they are there solely for the benefit of the candidates involved’.
19Work Based Assessment‘As an External Verifier I can safely say that work based assessors only work if the company is the training provider. If students are learning via a college or private training provider, work based assessors are not the best option. Employers in the main do not support the candidates or work based assessors as it is not normally a priority and consider the college responsible for everything. Also there is a danger of a conflict of interest with the workplace pressurising the assessor to get the candidates through’.
20Work Based Assessment‘Work based assessors are often pushed into the role of the assessor by their employers, who are often of the opinion that "there’s nothing to it".Full time assessors are able to support candidates in a far more focused way, which can only be good for the candidates and the NVQ process generally’.
21Work Based AssessmentI find the work based assessors are not as prudent as they could be, they miss opportunities for observation and they are not always committed as they might be in helping the candidate. Peripatetic assessor however seem to have a better understanding of what is required with the NOS, documentation is clearer and shows a better audit trail. They also help the candidate more readily and show commitment to them gaining their award.On the whole work based assessors sound great in theory but in practice I certainly feel they are not always the best option.
22‘Arguments can be forwarded to support both types of assessor, but I personally feel that both are vital, especially for larger organisations where they could be used together. What does need to be addressed is the level of support and understanding from senior management within organisations to ensure their assessors get the recognition and assistance they deserve and allow the assessment process to work to the benefit of all’.
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