We designed this very simple poll to get a feel of:
-What type of assessors formed the mainstay of the assessment sector
-How assessors viewed their assessment focus
-Where there may be a shortfall in assessment skills – capacity, capability and so on
We realise that the results are entirely based on those that voted from our circa 3.5K colleagues on LinkedIn so the results only reflect this. As part of the poll we offered the opportunity for ‘tick all those that apply’ so this will also have had an impact on the results.
However we think that the results are very interesting, albeit not too much of a surprise.
What could the results mean?
You will all have your own opinions, as equally valid as any other and hopefully the results might help your planning and analysis in some way.
From my point of view, previously as Director of Vocational in a school, many of the teaching team
didn’t realise that they were vocational assessors as well as teachers. They were confident in
assessment in terms of preparing their learners for GCSE and A level but when presented with a
vocational qualification specification, some didn’t consider that they could conduct the type of
assessment familiar to those conducted in workplaces or purely vocational settings, not realising that
they had those skills. Mind-sets needed changing and professional development undertaken, along
with mentoring but these school teachers were very skilled once they got over the initial hurdle of ‘I
can’t assess on a vocational programme’. Maybe that’s why the poll has revealed such a low result in
Also very interesting is the growth in those that are coaching. Possibly this stems from the need to
develop learners on programme to prepare them for Gateway. Surprising was the low amount of
results under Lecturer. FE traditionally offers a large amount of vocational programmes, many
requiring a lecturer who conducts continual assessment. Although in FE there are Lecturers and
Assessors, so it could mean that the bulk were Assessors and only a smaller representation were
Lecturers with qualifications such as Cert Ed.
Particularly enlightening was the fairly large percentage that voted as End Point Assessors, much more
than we imagined. All vocational and technical assessors should be able to End Point Assess if they
have an assessment qualification and current experience; but, as is the requirement of many
assessment plans – they also need to be occupationally current. Some assessment plans as we know
are clearer than others with regard to the requirements of the Independent End Point Assessor but
through the medium of professional development any gaps can be closed – whether industry
updating, embarking on an assessment qualification or skills refreshing.
CPD will have an immediate impact on the current result of 32.41% in preparation for next year.
We welcome your views on the results.
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Head of The Assessors Guild