301 Assessment

Learning Outcome One- Understand the Principles and Requirements of Assessment
1.1-The Functions of Assessment in Learning and Development
Initial assessment
Assessment has a large role to play in the learning and development of an individual. Initial assessment of a learner will help them and their mentor to have a better understanding how they learn and should be completed at the start of their course.
Initial assessment will aid the assessor in determining and understand the individual needs for each learner, so that they are able to adapt their tutoring and provide the best support to the learner.
By determining a learner’s individual learning and support needs the assessor can tailor the learning experiences to suit and engage the learner. By doing this the learner can be a part of planning their own ‘learning journey’ which will encourage them to take charge of their own learning.   In addition to this by knowing the learning styles of the individual, the assessor can begin to plan the assessment styles and the methods of assessment that will best suit the student. For example, if a learner works better practically it may be better to assess them on their practical skills and question them whilst doing so, rather than having them write an essay. Evidence can then be provided via witness testimony, video footage, voice recording or a combination of all three. The evidence that is provided should demonstrate the learners’ competence and understanding of the task or subject. By building a portfolio of evidence the learner can show their progression and have proof that they have carried out tasks that they claim to. This can then be backed up by witness statements provided by the assessor and the training provider.
Initial assessment provides a ‘starting point’ for the learner and can help to identify the skills and competencies that they already have and which they need to develop (Willis & Orr, 2001). By identifying these initially, it is easier to...