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Introduction and Context
JD Training Solutions Ltd is committed to maintaining an initial assessment system that is rigorous and consistent to ensure fair assessment and identify support needs for effective learner progression.
It is JD Training Solutions Ltd Policy to carry out an Initial Assessment on All Learners
What do we mean by initial assessment?
We define initial assessment as:
Building up a clear, accurate and relevant picture of an individual’s attainment and potential to use as a basis for negotiating a programme of learning and assessment opportunities.
Initial Assessment is concerned with both:
What can we learn from initial assessment?
Initial assessment is the first step in the processes of:
Initial Assessment can therefore help us to identify:
INITIAL ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT –
the different ways we gather information for Initial Assessment
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Documentary information including Certificates and Personal Learning Record – qualifications, records of achievement, their personal learning record, any reports or information about any previous access arrangements, references or evidence that provides useful information about the skills and abilities that the individual brings to his or her programme (Recognition of Prior Learning & accreditation)
Self-Assessment – the individual’s own views should be taken seriously. They are an important dimension in the overall picture, put into perspective by information from other sources.
Interviews and discussions – provide an ideal situation for interviewer and apprentice to get to know each other and a lot of information that may not be obvious from other sources can be recognised.
Observation – direct evidence of how the person performs either at or away from the workplace, body language, comfort zone with paperwork and tests.
BKSB – (Basic and Key Skill Builder Basic and Key Skill Builder Basic and Key Skill Builder) for learners that do not have exemptions it is also important to put the apprentice through specifically designed situations that build a valid and reliable method of testing ability, performance and learning needs and for this the BKSB is used.
Adult Learning Checklist – where the individual’s rating is not at a standard that would be expected further tests are carried out to test if it is through dyslexia or dyscalculia to ensure extra support needs can be addressed
Skills Scan – Review of prior knowledge/ achievement and certification to ensure that learning isn’t duplicated and is suitably challenging.
The results of the initial assessment is discussed with the apprentice/ learner and documented.
JDT will review this policy annually as part of our annual self-evaluation arrangements and revise it as and when necessary in response to staff feedback and changes in our practices.
In addition, we may update this policy in light of operational feedback to make sure our arrangements for Initial Assessment remain effective.