Assessment of learning is summative and can confirm that learning has taken place, but assessment for learning is a formative process which determines the learners progress so far and can be used to plan any further learning or development that may be required. Assessment is used to determine if learning and development is taking place with regard to specific criteria. The criteria are usually set by the awarding body for each qualification the learner is taking and will be published on the awarding body’s website or in other course information i.e. the course handbook. The purpose of assessment in learning is to determine the learner’s level of competence by using a range of different methods.
Particular reference will be paid to the assessment methods that are used in conjunction with planning and how they are implemented by the teacher. A literary review of academic texts and theorist will be used to support the discussion. In order to plan effectively for any subject in the National Curriculum there are a number of areas that need to addressed, for instance the requirements of the National Curriculum and the previous experiences of the children. These essential components of planning are the general starting points for all planning (Hansen, 2011). The teacher needs an underlying structure and plan of work which is clear and which allows for a scope of flexibility, but also the teacher must ensure that there is an enough organisation to make certain that the children make progress.
Understanding the principles & practices of assessment Unit 1 1:1 Explain the function of assessment in learning and development The main function of an assessment is to ascertain if learning has taken place and that the learner has obtained the required knowledge, skills and understanding. Assessment needs to be a constant process which should take place every time you see the learner, either by watching what they are doing, asking questions or carrying out short coaching or training sessions. It should also focus on improving, re-enforcing learning and measuring achievement showing how the learner is developing and areas they need to improve on. Assessment can be formal which is when you use assessments, assignments, tests and workplace observation to assess learning and informal which can be by asking a few questions. When assessing learning it is important to have an understanding of initial assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment.
Roles and responsibilities tutors should have in the life long sector A tutor in the lifelong learning sector has a multitude of roles and responsibilities and within this short essay the author will attempt to identify and evaluate each role. According to Duckworth et al (2010), understanding the roles and responsibilities is essential for anyone working in the Lifelong sector. Duckworth et al (2010) asset that, while teaching in an organisation a tutor will meet and work with different staff with different roles and responsibilities. It is useful that they develop the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team through effective use of a combination skills, theory, and techniques. The roles and responsibilities of a tutor in the Lifelong Sector include promoting positive behaviour, diversity and inclusion throughout the teaching and learning process (Gravells, 2012).
UNIT 012 Principles of assessment in lifelong learning Main methods of assessments in life long learning are: academic (knowledge) and vocational (performance). Dependent on the subject, the assessment method may need to be adapted, using and adapting both these type assessments will ensure that the students acquire optimum achievement during my lesson. To decide which of these is most appropriate, the assessment cycle will be used: • Initial assessment - used to identify if my students already know something about the subject to be assessed and the needs of my students (for example more support). • Assessment planning - used to plan the suitable types and method of assessment following relevant organisational guidelines. • Assessment activity - to determine this, the method could be assessorled like completing questioning or student-led like gathering evidence of competence.
Planning influences what student will learn, because planning can transform the available time and curriculum materials into activities, assignments and tasks for students so time is the essence of planning. (Woolfolk, Margetts, 2010). To promote effective learning and teaching, implementation of quality plan is significant. Planning should include all the essential ingredients of effective teaching to model the commitment to learning. Effective teaching should acknowledge the impact of factors such as attitudes, perception, expectations, abilities, gender, socio-cultural background and maturity on every learning experience.
It is the teachers responsibility to write syllabus for a course, making sure that all the learning outcomes, aims and objectives are covered in the right way. Another important role is to be able to assess and ascertain my students current skills and knowledge. During the assessment period I should be able to identify learning styles, plan and facilitate learning, making sure of what is to be taught and when. During the preparation of their learning resources, it is important that the right guidance and advice is given and the teacher must maintain his or her confidence at all times. Given the right programme, it is important for all teachers to follow the organisations policies and procedures.
1.1 Teaching Role and responsibilities in education and Training The teacher should be qualified to teach the learners, and be able to identify key aspects of related current legislation and know how to challenge discriminatory behaviour and attitudes. They should be well prepared for their lesson, be able to provide the correct resources and information relevant to the course and be knowledgeable about the subject or in the case of covering for another teacher, know where to find information in order to answer questions from learners. Teachers should make an initial assessment the needs of learners prior to starting the course in order to assess their suitability to the course there are delivering. Lessons should be prepared and sessions well planned. Establishing good ground rules at the start of the lessons are an important part of the teacher’s role to ensure everyone has clear expectations within the classroom environment, this helps to ensure appropriate behaviour and respect for others within the class.
According to Gravell, (2012:18), the main role of the Teacher is to help learners achieve their chosen programme. Gravell went further to explain that this can be achieved by using various teaching and learning methods whilst taking into account learners individual needs. As a Team leader in the Princes Trust I will wear many hats: friend, judge, mentor, different roles for extracurricular duties. When I say mentor it means many things from a role model to coach to confidant, someone I believe who encourages positive behaviour this could be with the use of more responsibilities in the class room. Helping them improve the skills this could be through communication for example being able to understand situations and resolve differences which will build trust.
No matter how well designed the material, or instrument of delivery is, teachers must consider many relevant factors during implementation, and presentation of material; material and delivery must accommodate a persons learning style. Moreover, teachers must educate their students on learning styles and preferences, this will provide the student knowledge, which will enhance their learning and educational experience. Research continues to document, and show that students will enjoy learning, and will learn more when the material and teachers accommodate their learning styles and preferences. Much research has been conducted and published on how people receive and process information. Research has endeavored to ascertain and define how people learn in different environments, such as the classroom, and the work setting.