New ETF support for assessment and exams

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced two new online courses to support colleagues across the FE and Training sector with assessment. Developed in partnership with Cambridge Assessment, both will be available to access free of charge via the FutureLearn platform.

The first, Principles and purpose of assessment, will be relevant to anyone who is involved in assessing learning, whether formally for a qualification, or when checking progress in a lesson. Participants will examine the principles of effective assessment and explore how to apply them with learners, gaining an understanding of key concepts, exploring what to do when there is a threat to the principles of assessment, and considering the different types of assessment and how key stakeholders define its purpose. The course is expected to be available in late June 2022.

The second, Assessment in vocational contexts, will be relevant to anyone who is going to be involved in the delivery of T Levels at their organisation. T Level assessment combines examinations with employer-set projects (ESPs) and requires new thinking to support learners and enable them to succeed. The course will help participants to understand the key principles of assessment and the core components of T Level assessment, covering approaches to formative assessment that could be used in a T Level programme, the assessment approaches of the different T Levels, and how to establish standards in T Level assessment. The course will become available in Summer 2022.

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These two new courses are part of a growing offer of ETF support exploring solutions to assessment challenges, which includes two webinars led by Cambridge Assessment experts that were held earlier in 2022 and that are now available to watch again on demand. In the first, Paul Ellis explored learner wellbeing and the idea of learners being ‘match fit’ for accessible exams and able to reach their full potential. The second, led by Dr Rebecca Conway and Dr Jude Brady, focused on exams and techniques such as deconstructing exam questions and retrieval practice. Links to both are available on the Assessment and exam support page of the ETF website.

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Kathryn Langford, Lead CPD Trainer at the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“Policy changes in FE during the past ten years have resulted in more ‘end of course’ exams for vocational courses such as BTECs, a reduction in the number of AS Levels that can be achieved after one year of A Levels, Employer Set Projects in T Levels, and End Point Assessment for apprenticeships.

“The disruption caused by Covid-19 means that many students have not experienced exams in their qualification years, with the consequence that they have missed the opportunity to develop some key skills around what are already stressful events for them.

“The support the ETF is developing for the FE and Training sector aims to help colleagues develop their learners’ assessment skills and prepare them to approach final assessments with a positive, can do mindset.”

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