Assignment 305 Teacher Training

Assignment 305

The learner journey starts with initial assessment. When a learner applies for a course they will be invited for an interview. This allows the teacher to gain information about the learner. It is important to find out the learners prior attainment/ experience in the subject to ensure you select the right course and level for them. During initial assessment the learner should have the opportunity to discuss any special requirements or learning difficulties. For example, whether they are dyslexic or have a hearing impairment. This is very important as it will allow you to prepare teaching activities and resources to cater for individual learner needs.
Throughout the course you will use formative assessment. Formative assessment is used to determine progress and understanding. You can use informal questioning, worksheets and tasks to formatively assess. Formative assessments do not contribute to an overall grade, but they will help you to measure knowledge and skills gained in preparation for summative assessment.
Summative assessments contribute to the overall achievement of a qualification. They are usually formal assessments and devised by the awarding body. They can include observing a learner perform a skill, like a haircut, an online exam or a written assignment (Gravells 2013).
You must involve learners in the assessment process so they understand that they are progressing and working towards achieving a qualification. It is important to stretch and challenge your learners and to do so you must be aware of their current knowledge and skill levels to be able to expand them. You must keep learners involved by feeding back constantly, formally and informally. Constructive feedback will help learners progress and will encourage them to reflect and self-assess (Turner and Whiting 2014).
You will often need to liaise with others during the assessment process. Online exams must be booked in advance with an exam officer, and a suitable...