Essay on A1 Professional Discussion

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Professional Discussion 1

A 2.2 assess candidates performance against the agreed standards

Q. How do you use observation of performance to demonstrate achievement of particular standards?

* Observation is used to assess the competency of a candidate in performing physical tasks in a realistic working environment, usually the workplace. * To be competent, the candidate must show that he/she has the ability to carry out a task safely against the occupational standards of the relevant N.V.Q. element, and to satisfy the performance criteria.

Q How do you ensure the environment for observing candidates is safe?

* A Risk Assessment should be in place or be carried out before an observation takes place. * A decision
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dealing with accidental damage. * Where some activities may need to be simulated e.g. dealing with accidents , fires etc. * Other methods such as written answers to set questions may be used to satisfy knowledge and understanding ( although this type of evidence cannot be assessed by an A2 assessor )

Q How do you identify which areas of knowledge have been covered by observation in the workplace?

* Oral questions should be asked and recorded along with the candidates answers. * The question should be appropriate and matched to the performance criteria and standards it is aiming to satisfy i.e. must be relevant. * The particular performance criteria the candidates answer satisfies should also be noted.

Q How would you collect additional evidence of knowledge which has not already been covered ?

* Oral questioning may be asked at the end of the observed assessment to back up some performance criteria, and noted as above. * In some circumstances e.g. candidates who may have oral communication difficulties, written questions / answers may be more appropriate.

Q How would you assess a candidates knowledge? * Oral questioning during and / or after direct observation. Assessed against performance criteria * Oral questioning assessed against knowledge evidence requirements, marked against suggested answers from awarding bodies or
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