end point assessment

This one-day workshop explores the techniques and approaches needed to ensure learners succeed at End Point Assessment (EPA).

It is essential that all staff involved with the support and delivery of Apprenticeships start planning for End Point Assessment on individual learners’ enrolment. Strategies and approaches for teaching support include encouragement of reflective practice with each learner, provision of high quality developmental feedback at all stages of their students’ learning and jointly, with each individual learner, track and record learning, development and progression. A structured approach to teaching and support is required in order to develop each individual learner’s skills, confidence and evidence base in a way that allows them to succeed at End Point Assessment.

End Point Assessment takes a number of forms; from multiple choice questions and case studies to workplace observations and one-to-one interviews. A key focus throughout End Point Assessment revolves round the identification of the developmental process each individual learner has undergone.

Consequently it is essential that the learners’ personal development of knowledge, skills and behaviour traits are showcased in a way that is robust, in terms of meeting the Apprenticeship Standards, but, equally, easily identifiable and trackable by the learner and the End Point Assessor.

Even for those experienced at teaching and assessing, this is not easy and, for those new to Apprenticeships, the challenges are significant.

Workshop Aims

  1. To provide an opportunity for teachers, trainers, assessors and learning support staff to identify strategies and approaches that are more effective in helping Apprenticeship students prepare better for End Point Assessment and be more confident and engaged with the process.

2. To consider ways that are more effective at identifying, throughout Apprenticeship process, learner strengths and areas for development, action planning and robust evidence collection that will provide a strong platform for a successful End Point Assessment.

3. To look at the importance of nurturing a process of self-reflection and personal action planning in order to fully respond to synoptic End Point Assessment procedures and consider how this can be achieved.

Learning Objectives:

By attending this workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Create a timeline for Apprentices’ development, incorporating a range of methods for evidence collection covering knowledge, skills and core behaviours
  • Recognise the breadth of opportunities available for learners
  • Discuss and agree learners’ personal development opportunities with them in a way that supports more empowered, confident and effective action planning
  • Provide learners with appropriate methods for communicating reflective verbal information; through which they will be able to discuss, more confidently, their own progress and achievements during End Point Assessment.

Content
The workshop encourages active participation in the development of wider assessment strategies; incorporating discussion of evidencing knowledge, skills, behaviours and the Apprentices’ journey in a timely and robust fashion. The session will incorporate online technology in addition to using individual participants’ own, or their organisation’s, materials in order to contextualise and enhance the relevance of the training.

  1. Identifying Assessment Requirements
  • Discussing the identified Assessment Plan for individual Apprenticeships and how learners can be prepared for this
  • Reviewing Apprenticeship Standards and how knowledge, skills and behaviours identified by employers might be incorporated into continued evidence collection throughout the Apprenticeship
  • Demonstrating how the assessment process develops through a taxonomy of skills in order to show individual development in each Apprentice
  1. Developing personal development strategies for supporting apprentices
  • Identifying and creating opportunities for developing and improving communication skills – written, verbal and non-verbal, as used in the workplace
  • Reinforcing personal reflective practice in Apprentices that is relevant and achievable by individual learners
  • Appropriately responding to situational judgements within the End Point Assessment procedures

NB: to maximise the effectiveness of the above session participants are requested to bring an example of assessment plan for their Apprenticeship along with the relating Awarding Organisation’s End Point Assessment guidance information

  1. What next?

The final session considers what individual participants need to do on their return to the classroom and training sessions to ensure the new approaches and strategies covered are implemented effectively.