4.4 Explain how assessment arrangements can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners
In the learning environment it is important to ensure that assessment arrangements can be adapted for a wide audience. People entering assessment all have individual needs. Someone these needs can be affected by physical or mental disability or other aspects of their personal make up. These factors can affect a person’s ability and capacity to interact with assessments so care should be taken to ensure that these factors are taken into account when they are assessed. Assessments should not just be made available in one form. This will limit many candidates’ abilities to achieve success at their assessment. I will now review different factors which should be considered in order to help meet an individual’s needs.
One factor to consider is where a learner has difficulty expressing them verbally. They may have difficulty completing spoken assessments. An alternative to verbal assessment would be to ask the candidate to write down their answers to meet the aims and ensure a good outcome at assessment. Another alternative would be to ask the candidate to draw what they mean or to act out for the purposes of the assessment.
If a learner has a disability consideration should be given to several factors. These may include for example, completing the assessment around the time that the person takes their medication. A candidate may take medication at specific times such as if they are diabetic and therefore to ensure they can complete the assessment care should be taken to assess around this need. The learning environment may need to be adapted or altered to allow access to, and interaction with the learning environment. Candidates may struggle to access an assessment centre so the environment should be adapted to meet the needs of the learner
If a learner has a visual impairment, assessment material can be made available in large print to ensure that the candidate is able to...