Conducting the on-site assessment
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On the day of on-site assessment, the assessor:
- Confirms the schedule and arrangements for the visit with the Career Mark lead.
- Uses activities with learners to gather evidence about their level of knowledge, skills and understanding.
- Makes notes as they go along of evidence that may be used as a basis for their judgements and report, in particular quotations from learners and staff involved during the on-site assessment.
- Uses breaks and other opportunities to write down any further questions for learners and staff, so that these may be followed up by the end of the day.
- As the assessment progresses, makes preliminary lists of strengths and areas for development, as well as anything to follow up.
- Before their final meeting with the lead, updates the list of strengths and areas for development, so that these can be checked for any missing information.
- Gives brief feedback on strengths and areas for development.
- Makes the judgement about pass or defer. Where possible the assessor confirms the outcome of the assessment. If the assessor needs more time to reflect on the decision they agree with the lead how and when they will be contacted to give the recommendation (usually the next working day).
It is helpful to confirm it in writing within 24 hours, including any Career Mark support adviser in the communication where appropriate, and ensuring that the Assessment Centre administration is also included. If the assessor needs more time to reflect on the decision they agree with the lead how and when they will be contacted to give the recommendation (usually the next working day).
The assessor outlines the timescale, during the feedback, for writing the draft report (10 working days), and the process for verification and final validation.