1.1 Analyse the Role of Initial and Diagnostic Assessment in Agreeing Individual Learning Goals

1. Be able to agree individual learning goals with learners
Assessment criteria

1.1 Analyse the role of initial and diagnostic assessment in agreeing individual learning goals
The role of the ‘Initial assessment’ is to allow the tutor to gain a broad overview of the individual and/or group of learners’ learning abilities and learning needs using a selection of educational subjects and resources.

“It is a holistic process, during which you start to build up a picture of an individual’s achievements, skills, interests, previous learning experiences and goals, and the learning needs associated with those goals…. The two processes are closely linked: diagnostic assessment adds to the information gathered from initial assessment.”     CfBT Education Trust, (2009)

The initial assessment will help provide the basis of where a student ought to begin their studies. It is therefore, an imperative and essential part of the process of agreeing individual learning goals. Employing the use of variety of questionnaires, activities, one-to-one assessments, group work and quizzes where self-assessment can be applied, these assessment methods can help ascertain what stage educationally a learner is at and then goals set accordingly.
This in turn will set the foundations for a ‘diagnostic assessment’: identifying and selecting the appropriate teaching and learning methods, and available resources. This assessment would be related to specific learning skills or deficiencies highlighted – and are there to provide to a starting point for tutors. To give them the relevant knowledge and to gauge a learner’s individual educational strengths and weaknesses; which in turn can be included in the leaners individual learning plan or collective learning session plans.

1.2 Use methods of initial and diagnostic assessment with learners
‘Initial assessment’ for basic skills (to identify an appropriate programme) for example; should include assessment of the learner's interests...