Standards-Based Assessment for Mastery Learning in Physical Education

The Assessment Commission report (Sep 2015) confirmed what many in the profession already know – that there are still senior leaders who are continuing to blindly use levels.  It is akin to attempting to plug an old analogue TV into a digital one and expecting it to work.  The system has been transformed and is not based on levels of progress anymore, nor should the approach to leveling be recreated.  In fact for Physical Education this measure was never ‘fit for purpose’…

“We have been concerned by evidence that some schools are trying to recreate levels based on the new national curriculum. Unless this is addressed, we run the risk of failing to put in place the conditions for a higher-attaining, higher-equity system.” (The Assessment Commission report (Sep 2015).

Andrew Frapwell is keen to support physical education specialists in developing assessment that is fit for purpose in PE and wishes to use his national and international experience developing curriculum and assessment practices.

 

What is this course about?

The course was developed in response to government legislation in the form of statutory instrument 2232 which removed level descriptors from the education system.  This was laid before parliament on 5th September 2013 and was made law on 11th September 2013 with effect from 1st September 2014.  In particular a rationale for change as part of a system-wide transformational shift is explained that will lead to greater inclusive practice, more progress, higher standards and less of an administrative burden for teachers.

 

What does this course cover?

The course will facilitate your exploration of the new NC 2014 PE programme of study aims, the standards expected at the end of each key stage and ideas for practice.  Ideas for assessment information that is fit for purpose will be developed, focusing on a day to day, medium and long-term basis in order to deepen learning.  This will lead to answers about how we demonstrate progress, the evidence we might use, information we might use internally and information we might use to recognise achievement and report progress.  Myths surrounding the continued use of descriptive data linked to meaningless levelling practice will be busted.

 

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for any physical education teacher, teaching assistant, coach, consultant, trainer or Ofsted inspector who is working with primary or secondary schools to raise the standard of physical education and school sport for children and young people.

 

What is the duration of the course?

The course is one full day from 9am for registration and refreshments for a 9.30am start through to 4pm.  Further course dates:

Friday 8th December 2017 – Wychbold, Worcestershire

 

How is it assessed?

Your needs are assessed throughout the day and responded to.  There is no formal assessment required on your part.  You will be provided with a colour bound course booklet and a 2GB memory stick with the PowerPoint used and numerous documents providing background reading.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Andrew Frapwell has been involved in developing assessment practices nationally and internationally – most recently in Kosovo and England.  He is the author of “Assessing without Levels” (Coachwise 2015).  You will engage in interactive activities to encourage deep learning.

 

How much will this cost?

It will cost you £190+vat.  This includes course administration, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, certification, unlimited refreshment and a two-course luncheon.

 

Where will this course take place?

The course will take place at The Stables Business Centre, Walnut Tree House, Astwood Lane, Wychbold, Worcestershire, WR9 0BU – View Map

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SLUK Level 6 Award in Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership

What is this qualification about?

The Level 6 Award in Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership is a recognised qualification that aims to develop subject leader practice in primary schools in order to improve the sustainability of high quality physical education curriculum within primary schools.

 

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification builds on the learning of the Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism by engaging in how to lead sustainable development within primary school physical education.  This includes understanding the roles and responsibilities of a physical education subject lead, being able to determine the quality of provision, and being able to design, lead the implementation of, review and revise a targeted strategy to develop primary school physical education and its sustainability.

 

Who is it suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone who has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC) accreditation.  You must also have successfully completed the Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism.

 

What is the duration of the course?

The guided learning hours are 18 and this equates to a 2 day tutored programme.  The course programme can be completed in a minimum of 12 weeks due to the nature and scope of the assessment tasks, but is usually scheduled over a school year. Inter-sessional tasks including background reading and applied vocational learning make up the total qualification learning time of approximately 38 hours.

 

How is it assessed?

Evidence of meeting each assessment criteria is required to pass the course and this will be demonstrated through your collation of a portfolio of assessment evidence including planning documentation, evaluations and reflection as well as evidence generated by tasks during your tutor contact time.  Your portfolio of evidence can also count towards performance management and achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.  Where evidence of improved outcomes for children are used, this can also form part of contributory case studies towards effective use of the PE and School Sport Premium Funding.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

The course will be delivered by a team of tutors.  Our tutors have all had comprehensive experience in delivering high quality teacher training in University environments.  Many are nationally and internationally recognised.  One of our tutors is Ofsted qualified and another was one of the qualification authors.

 

How much will this cost?

The Level 6 Award costs an additional £325+vat as PE Coordinators will access this following successful completion of the Level 5 Certificate.  This includes: course planning; delivery; photocopying; resources; a course portfolio/learner pack; assessment; internal verification; course administration; and certification.  We will also provide you with a free lunch each day.  The total for the Level 5/6 qualification is £1300+vat.

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Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

What is the qualification about?

Designed for experienced assessors, the course provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform the key activities of internally quality assuring assessment.  Holders can gain employment as an internal verifier.  The qualification is transferable to any sector learners have occupational competence in and provides a national benchmark of good practice for England.

 

What does this qualification cover?

Our learning programmes include: an induction to the qualification and your programme of learning and assessment; a learning programme that meets your needs, focusing on the theory and practice of internal verification; a programme of assessment, spread throughout the course, including observations of your internal verification practice by an appropriately qualified assessor.

 

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is intended for those who maintain the quality of assessment from within an organisation or assessment centre.

 

What is the duration of the course?

The recommended guided learning hours are 90 and this gives you 12 credits.  Our learning programmes will usually be designed to meet the needs of the learners.  They may, therefore, vary in length and format.  Depending on your needs and circumstance, we can offer intensive courses or a series of learning events, over a period of weeks or months.

 

How is it assessed?

Performance is assessed specifically in the following:

  • demonstrate an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the internal quality assurance of assessment, which will be assessed via performance, tasks and questioning
  • utilise an internal quality assurance strategy and sampling plan
  • plan, carry out and review an internal quality assurance intervention with an assessor and two learners
  • plan, carry out and review an internal quality assurance intervention with a different assessor and two learners, observed by an appropriately qualified assessor
  • carry out evaluations of two internal quality assurance interventions for two assessors (four in total)

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Your tutor will have experience of assessing teacher training either in the school or other work environment.  Many of our tutors have national and international assessment experience in this field.  One of the tutors is the afPE National Lead for Assessment and another is a qualified Ofsted inspector currently inspecting in the FE Sector.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £549+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

This qualification has been developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and with the support of Compass – the association of sports and activity providers.  It is a competence-based qualification that confirms occupational competency for those operating in a school sport setting and provides an introduction to further opportunities for you to work within physical education and school sport as higher level teaching assistant, teaching assistant, sports development officer, sports coach, volunteer or leader.

 

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification comprises twelve units of assessment. These units require you to show that you can effectively plan, conduct and evaluate PESS activity programmes, which meet the requirements of the qualification.  The additional four units to the Level 3 Certificate include Organising and leading a sports event or competition, Preparing for the mentoring role, Supporting gifted and talented learners and Facilitating community-based sport and physical activity.  These units are work-based.  In 2013 the Association for Physical Education stated that the minimum requirement for any adult working in a Physical Education or School Sport context must be working towards the Level 3 certificate qualification by 2015.  The Level 3 Diploma covers the certificate requirements.

 

Who is it suitable for?

While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by you to aspire to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching.  Suitable prerequisites include the Level 2 PESS qualification, GCSE PE, Level 2 BTEC and the Level 3 certificate in supporting the delivery of PESS etc.  You should be at least 16 years of age to enrol on the course.

 

What is the duration of the course?

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF), you must successfully complete/have credit for all twelve units.  These equate to 54 total credits and 283 guided learning hours (GLH).  You have up to 2 years to complete the course.

 

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor using a range of methods.  You will be provided with a learner pack with assessment tasks listed and these must be completed.  There will also be two assessor observations of your teaching / coaching.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

We use a number of associate tutors who are qualified physical education teachers and who are working at a national level.  Some tutors are Ofsted trained, others have worked on international education programmes.  One of the tutors was the author for this qualification and provides the national induction training for all tutors.  All of our tutors have attended the induction training to deliver this qualification.

 

How much will this cost?

The course cost will be a minimum of £895+vat.  Additional costs will depend on arrangements for the work-based units.  Price on application

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Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

This qualification supports the achievement of the Governments school sport policy and lasting legacy of the 2012 Games.  It qualifies you to deliver/support the delivery of low risk activities that contribute to a physical education and school sport programme through curriculum-based and/or extra-curricular activities; and prepares you for employment in a school sport setting through providing an introduction to opportunities for you to work as a physical education and school sport professional for: e.g. a higher level teaching assistant, teaching assistant, sports coach, sports development officer, sports volunteer or sports leader role.  In March 2013 the Association for Physical Education stated that the minimum requirement for any adult working in a Physical Education or School Sport context must be working towards the Level 3 qualification by 2015.  In addition to this qualification, where activities go beyond low risk, adults working in a school environment should also have a Level 2 National Governing Body Award qualification for each activity they deliver.

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification comprises eight units. These units require you to show that you can effectively plan, conduct and evaluate PESS activity programmes, which meet the requirements of the qualification.  The first four units satisfy the Award of Learning Support Assistant (LSA) and the safeguarding unit included also satisfies workforce induction under the Safeguarding legislation. Other units include Communication and professional relationships, Schools as Organisations, Child and Young Person Development and Assessment for Learning.

Who is it suitable for?

While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by you to aspire to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching.  Suitable prerequisites include the Level 2 PESS qualification, GCSE PE, Level 2 BTEC etc.  You should be at least 16 years of age to enrol on the course.

What is the duration of the course?

The guided learning hours recommended are 164 and this amounts to 28 credits.  It can take approximately 10-12 weeks to complete, but you have up to 2 years to complete once you register.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor using a range of methods.  You will be provided with a learner pack with assessment tasks listed and these must all be completed.  There will also be two assessor observations of your teaching / coaching.

How can I be confident of quality?

We use a number of associate tutors who are qualified physical education teachers and who are working at a national level.  Some tutors are Ofsted trained, others have worked on international education programmes.  One of the tutors was the author for this qualification and provides the national induction training for all tutors.  All of our tutors have attended the induction training to deliver this qualification.

How much will this cost?

The course costs £895+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, two placement visits, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

This course is intended for those who assess in the work environment and in other training environments such as workshops or classrooms.  The qualification is recognised as the industry standard assessing qualification covering all environments for the further education and skills sector by the Education & Training Foundation.

 

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification covers understanding the principles and practices of assessment, assessing occupational competence in the work environment and assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

 

Who is it suitable for?

You will need to be working as an assessor as you are required to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills.  You should be at least 19 years old.  The qualification is transferable to any sector you have occupational competence in.  You may wish to continue your professional development by up-skilling to become an internal verifier by completing the 1st4sport Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF).

 

What is the duration of the course?

The recommended guided learning hours are 84 which gives you 15 credits.  You can usually complete the course in 6 months or less.

 

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. You must also carry out at least two assessments of two candidates’ occupational competence.  Competence in the work environment must be evidenced via performance where highlighted in bold and the remaining evidenced by performance or other methods in the relevant assessing environment: Observation of performance in the work environment, Examining products of work, Questioning the learner, Discussing with the learner, Use of others (witness testimony), Looking at learner statements, Recognising prior learning.

Competence for the non-work environment must be evidenced via performance where highlighted in bold plus two others, and the remaining evidenced by performance or other methods in the relevant assessing environment: Assessments of the learner in simulated environments, Skills tests, Oral and written questions, Assignments, Projects, Case studies, Recognising prior learning.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Your tutor will have experience of assessing teacher training either in the school or other work environment.  Many of our tutors have national and international assessment experience in this field.  One of the tutors is the afPE National Lead for Assessment.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £549+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 Award in Workforce Mentoring (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

Mentoring is a powerful tool, particularly in the education and development of those involved in sport at all levels.

 

What does this qualification cover?

Learners are provided with an introduction to the principles and practice of mentoring a workforce whether paid or voluntary.  The two units included are: Preparing for the Mentoring Role and Organising and Undertaking Supervised Mentoring in the Workplace

 

Who is it suitable for?

You must be at least 18 years of age to enrol on this course.  The knowledge and skills gained from this qualification will allow you to qualify in any sector you have occupational competence in.

To achieve the qualification, you (the trainee mentor) will need the support of an organisation that will give you access to two members of its workforce in paid or voluntary roles to be mentored over a minimum of three months each.  The organisation must also provide an appropriate supervisor for you.  The mentees can be from different organisations if necessary.

 

What is the duration of the course?

The recommended guided learning hours is 21 which give you 7 credits.  There will be 3 tutored days in total – 2 delivery days and 1 day observing practical performance.

 

How is it assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used including a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstration / assignment and a practical examination

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Your tutor will have experience of assessing teacher training either in the school or other work environment.  Many of our tutors have national and international assessment experience in this field.  One of the tutors is the afPE National Lead for Assessment and another is a qualified Ofsted inspector currently inspecting in the FE Sector.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £175+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

The 1st4 sport Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) has been developed by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), as an introduction to teaching.  It replaces the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) (PTLLS).  The qualification provides you with the knowledge and skills to plan, deliver, manage, facilitate, assess and review learning sessions and this acts as an introduction to teaching/training in the further education and skills sector or personnel who provide training within a workplace other than further education. 

 

What does this qualification cover?

This course covers three units: understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training; understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education; and understanding assessment in education and training.

 

Who is it suitable for?

This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by individuals who are not currently in a teaching role.  There is a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching.  You must also be 19 years or over and be able to communicate effectively in English which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Those who complete this qualification and want to continue their professional development can become qualified assessors by completing any of our 1st4sport’s assessing qualifications.  Should you be interested in the Level 4 Certificate or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training please contact: andrew@afTLC.com or call Andy on 07803 603450.

 

What is the duration of the course?

The recommended guided learning hours are 61 which is equivalent to 12 credits.  We run this course over a week.  Many of our competitors squeeze this course into three or four days, which we think is too short a time to prepare the foundations for effective teaching.  We prefer quality in greater depth in order to provide high quality teaching within the system.

 

How is it assessed?

This is a knowledge-based teaching qualification.  There is, however, a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching.  Microteaching is where trainee teachers prepare and deliver a short teaching and learning session to their peers and then evaluate their practice.  The qualification is composed of one mandatory unit and two optional groups containing various optional units, of which one must be selected from each group.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

The tutors used to deliver this qualification have experience in teaching and in teacher training in the Higher Education sector.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £399+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

This course assesses learning and development of practitioners’ performances in carrying out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the work environment such as a workshop, classroom or other training environment.  The qualification is transferable to any sector you have occupational competence in, and provides a national benchmark of good practice for England.

 

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification is recognised as the industry standard vocational skills assessing qualification for the further education and skills sector by the Education & Training Foundation.  It covers two main areas: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment and Assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

 

Who is it suitable for?

You must be a minimum 18 years of age and should have an appropriate vocational or competency-based qualification at least one level above the qualification you will be assessing.  You must also have access to assessment opportunities in their own specialist area.  This qualification is designed to provide learning and development practitioners with a qualification to confirm competency in assessment practice when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace.  If you wish to progress to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF), then you can take advantage of Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT) or recognition of prior learning (RPL) as some of the units in the qualification will already have been achieved or generated.  In addition you may wish to continue their professional development by up-skilling to become an internal verifier by completing the 1st4sport Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF).

 

What is the duration of the course?

The recommended guided learning hours are 54 which gives you 9 credits

 

How is it assessed?

Competence must be evidenced via performance in the method highlighted in bold plus two others and the remaining evidenced by performance or other methods in the relevant assessing non-work environment: Assessments of the learner in simulated environments; Skills tests; Oral and written questions; Assignments; Projects; Case studies; Recognising prior learning

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Your tutor will have worked in a school and Further/Higher Education work environment.  Many of our tutors have national and international assessment experience.  One of the tutors is the afPE National Lead for Assessment.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £349+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)

What is this qualification about?

The 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF) assesses learning and development of practitioners’ performances in carrying out assessments of occupational competence, in an individual’s work environment.  The qualification is transferable to any sector you have occupational competence in, and provides a national benchmark of good practice for England.

 

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification is recognised as the industry standard work environment assessing qualification for the further education and skills sector by the Education & Training Foundation.  It covers two main areas: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment and Assessing occupational competence in the work environment.

 

Who is it suitable for?

You must be a minimum 18 years of age and should have an appropriate vocational or competency-based qualification at least one level above the qualification they will be assessing.  You must also have access to assessment opportunities in your own specialist area.  If you achieve this award and wish to progress to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF) you can take advantage of Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT), as some of the units in the qualification will already have been achieved.  You can also take advantage of recognition of prior learning (RPL) as some of the knowledge required to achieve the Certificate may have already been generated.  In addition you may wish to continue your professional development by up-skilling to become an internal verifier by completing the 1st4sport Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF).

 

What is the duration of the course?

The guided learning hours are 54 which gives you 9 credits.

 

How is it assessed?

Competence in the highlighted bold items must be demonstrated in performance and the remaining evidenced by performance or other methods in the relevant assessing environment:  Observation of performance in the work environment; Examining products of work; Questioning the learner; Discussing with the learner; Use of others (witness testimony); Looking at learner statements; Recognising prior learning.

 

How can I be confident of quality?

Your tutor will have experience of assessing teacher training either in the school or other work environment.  Many of our tutors have national and international assessment experience in this field.  One of the tutors is the afPE National Lead for Assessment.

 

How much will this cost?

The course costs £349+vat.  This includes your registration fee which we pay to 1st4sport on your behalf, planning, delivery, photocopying, resources, a course portfolio/learner pack, assessment, internal verification, course administration and certification.

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