Latest on assessment is that Ofqual are consulting on whether to disapply and amend some of their general conditions related to End Point Assessment Organisations, the consultation runs to the 4th May.

 

Have your say – the details of the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/regulating-apprenticeship-end-point-assessments

 

 

Policy Framework

 

The nature of Technical and Professional Assessment is rapidly changing, especially in relation to Apprenticeships in England. The new approach to End Point Assessment means that assessors will often need to make graded assessments and judgements about performance over a relatively short period of time, without having previously met or engaged with the learner. Details of the policy for new end point assessment in Apprenticeships is as set out in the Government’s 2015 document English-apprenticeships-our-2020-vision.

 

Further details about the rules and process for End Point Assessment published by Institute for apprenticeships can be read here:

IFA – developing-an-end-point-assessment-plan

 

The existing assessor workforce working on Vocational Qualification assessment and new assessors delivering end point assessments will now be required to assess using written or on-line knowledge test, take part in interviews or panel discussions, carry out professional dialogues or vivas, mark projects, presentations or showcases. As well as the more traditional forms of assessment such as reviewing portfolios or log books, and marking observations and practical assessments. More detail on each of the assessment methods can be found here:

IFA – assessment-methods

 

All of the above forms of assessment appear in many of the 244 Apprenticeship-standards – Approved for Delivery and details of the assessment plans can be viewed by standard

 

Another new element of the reformed Apprenticeship system is around the requirement for End Point Assessment Organisations (many of which are regulated awarding organisations, but also training organisations, Higher Education Institutions, Professional Bodies and Sector Skills Councils) who have to apply to the ESFA per Apprenticeship standard for approval. The list is available at Register of End Point Assessment Organisations

 

Finally, the process of External Quality Assurance of End Point Assessment is also changing and there are 4 options which groups of employers developing Apprenticeship standards can request to perform this function:

 

  • The Institute for Apprenticeships – details of their approach can be found here
  • Employer Led Approaches
  • Professional Bodies, or
  • Ofqual – details of their approach can be found here

 

Sam Taylor

Head of The Assessors Guild