Unit 3 Principles and Practice of Assessment

Word count 1469

Written Rationale

Assessing my learners is important practise; the diversity of the group is so vast it is important for me to know before we start their individual achievements to date. The initial assessment is usually carried out by one of my line managers once a completed referral has been received for the person attending. I have access to the referral form and I will then compose an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with the learner, establishing their capability and goal setting. I can then adapt my lesson plans appropriately to support my learner.

I use various forms of assessment throughout my lessons as there is no end of course exam or assignments, the work my learners do is all course work so I need to assess the learners throughout the course individually and as a group. There is a criteria that needs to be met for my learners to pass and gain a certificate in PSHE, I need to be aware of what the criteria is so I know what to expect from them and in turn I can enlighten them.

Peer and self assessment are not assessment methods I have used with my learners, mainly because of their age and the type of learners I teach, it is very hard to maintain maturity when peer assessment is being used which can demoralise one another. Self assessment does not work as most my learners are not honest enough which again comes down to maturity.

How I feedback to my learners is paramount, many suffer with low self esteem when they get to us so I have to choose my words carefully   but   it can however   be useful to motivate learners by praising the work they have achieved and encouraging future effort.

I find questioning a very useful type of formative assessment allowing me to ensure learning has taken place before I move onto a new topic and also as a type of summative assessment at the end of a module.

The assessment methods used in my workplace are minimal, initial assessments and...

Similar Essays