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

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.

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.

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.

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.