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Assessment and accreditation of learning

Programmes should include assessment and accreditation that is ongoing and builds recognition and confidence.  The qualifications included should be determined by a learner’s needs, interests and aspirations, leading to successful progression into further learning and work, post-16.

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Voiceover: Programmes should include assessment and accreditation that is ongoing and builds recognition and confidence. The qualifications included should be determined by a learner's needs, interests and aspirations leading to successful progression into further learning and work post-16.

Maureen Kelly: We feel very strongly in Warrington that we need to prepare our young people for the world of work. The menu of programmes that are on offer will all be accredited programmes so that the learners will come out with a qualification and will have a pathway to follow once they have completed. We have some learners who will choose to come to an establishment like the Collegiate to study a vocational qualification such as an applied GCSE or a BTEC and then we have other learners who will go out into the work placement to be assessed and accredited through the NVQ route. Within all our programmes that we offer on the Routefinder menu, it is important that functional skills are addressed through delivery so literacy and numeracy will be embedded within the programmes that are on offer and for some of our learners they will take the standalone key skills qualifications and for other learners it will be more a case of supporting their GCSE studies back in school.

Wendy Stockton: I think it's really important that the young person understands the assessment process linked to the qualification they they're taking and that comes in three stages where the assessor will do an assessment plan four to six weeks prior to the assessment that's taking place. Once that assessment has taken place, and the assessor will be making notes, gathering witness statements, he will give immediate feedback to that young person so they can identify readily where that piece of evidence links in directly with their qualification.

Student voiceover: Coming on this course to get the qualification will help me in the future and it makes me want to go now even more. It's going to look better when I apply for the army that I've got a qualification in mechanics.

Voiceover: Within the assessment process it is very important that we identify transferable skills but more so that the young person can identify these transferable skills to take them onto their next programme or further into employment.

 

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