Professional Discussion for Apprenticeship Standards

The professional discussion is a widely used assessment method in End-point Assessment and, while this is not a new assessment method (NVQs and Frameworks frequently deployed this technique), it has been relatively common that professional discussions have been more akin to question and answer sessions. Guidance on conducting professional discussions usually focuses on what it is, and what the assessor [...]

By |2019-02-08T15:31:00+00:00February 8th, 2019|End Point Assessment, News, Tips|

Professional Discussion- Employer Presence

Recent changes to assessment plans and clarification from EQAs, has provided guidance regarding the role and the presence of the employer in a professional discussion. For the 17 standards that we offer currently, the following table details when an employer’s presence at the professional discussion is required.  Typically this will be denoted in an assessment plan as ‘the employer will [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:39:03+00:00February 8th, 2019|End Point Assessment, News, Tips|

Hospitality Update January 2019 – Summary of Changes to the Senior Production Chef Assessment Plan

The ‘Senior Chef, Production Cooking’ apprenticeship standard has now been reviewed and the updated apprenticeship is now entitled ‘Senior Production Chef’. There are several changes to the assessment plan for the standard. These changes apply to apprentices enrolling onto the programme from the 7th of January 2019 Some of the key changes to the assessment methods in the plan are [...]

By |2019-01-31T09:36:57+00:00January 31st, 2019|End Point Assessment, News, Tips|

Apprenticeship Gateway Reviews – Getting it right!

The Gateway review is a critical milestone in the apprenticeship journey in that it denotes a move from on-programme delivery to independent assessment. What’s the purpose of the Gateway Review? The aim of the gateway review is to judge the apprentice’s readiness for end-point assessment, and readiness means that those involved in the on-programme delivery have agreed that the knowledge, [...]

By |2019-01-14T15:33:32+00:00January 14th, 2019|End Point Assessment, News|

Portfolios of Evidence – How do they Contribute to End-point Assessment?

A common misconception about End-point Assessment is that it replaces the need for the apprentice to produce evidence of their performance while on programme, and the need for that evidence to be assessed by the on-programme assessor. However, portfolios of evidence feature as an End-point Assessment component in various apprenticeship assessment plans, so on-programme trainers and assessors need to know [...]

By |2018-11-30T16:57:43+00:00November 30th, 2018|End Point Assessment, News|

Apprentices Must be Confident to Discuss Their Development at EPA

Contributed by Lucy Smith, Professional Assessor at PAL. End-point Assesment has changed the face of apprenticeships.  Not just in terms of how programmes are delivered, but also in terms of the additional skills apprentices have to develop in order to prove their competence and ability.  Ensuring the apprentice is fully proficient in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours within the Standard is [...]

By |2018-11-20T16:44:25+00:00November 7th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|

Talk about End Point Assessment

Employers MUST be fully involved in the apprentices’ learning journey so that together they can measure their progress against the relevant new standard Don’t be afraid to have difficult and honest conversations with employers and apprentices if things are not going to plan. This is an opportunity to offer solutions! Communication is key. Line managers should find the time to [...]

By |2018-04-17T11:58:26+00:00April 17th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|

Stretching, Challenging and Aiming High

Focus your teaching and support on the areas and types of assessment that will be the most challenging for the individual apprentice Support apprentices fully; some will feel anxious about Endpoint Assessment. Combat this by encouraging them to PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE! Continuously provide strong developmental feedback that will enhance and improve apprentices’ performance against the relevant standards

By |2018-04-17T11:58:11+00:00April 17th, 2018|End Point Assessment, Tips|
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