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Assessment Principles

Assessment Principles

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Everyone in a school or college workforce can potentially shape a student’s views and influence their expectations of their future learning and career opportunities. It is essential that schools and colleges provide support that is specific to the circumstances of the individual person and that it is impartial.

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Tutor Assessment Principles

  • Assessment decisions for criteria that must be assessed in the workplace, as identified in unit assessment requirements, must be made in a real work environment by an occupationally competent assessor.
  • Assessment decisions for criteria that must be assessed in the workplace (competence based assessment criteria) must be made by an assessor with the expertise to make assessment decisions.
  • Competence based assessment must include direct observation as the main source of evidence.
  • Simulation may only be utilised as an assessment method for competence based assessment criteria where this is specified in the assessment requirements of the unit.

Expert witnesses can be used for direct observation where:

  • They have occupational expertise for specialist areas, or
  • The observation is of a particularly sensitive nature.
  • aboutus-tutoringThe use of expert witnesses should be determined and agreed by the assessor.
  • Assessment of criteria not identified in the unit assessment requirements as requiring assessment in the workplace may take place in or outside of a real work environment.
  • Assessment decisions for knowledge based assessment criteria must be made by an occupationally knowledgeable assessor.
  • Assessment decisions for knowledge based assessment criteria must be made by an assessor qualified to make assessment decisions. Where assessment is electronic or undertaken according to a set grid, the assessment decisions are made by the person who has set the answers.

An expert witness must:

  • Have a working knowledge of the OFQUAL units for which they are providing witness testimony
  • Be occupationally competent in their area of expertise
  • Have EITHER any qualification that includes assessment of workplace performance AND/OR a professional work role which involves evaluating the everyday practice of staff.

 

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