Functional skills are some of my areas of specialist educational focus. Functional skills are core practical skills in English, maths and information and communication technology. Core skills are essential elements to progress in education, training and employment. These core skills are transferable and equip the learners with the foundational life skill tools to live an independent life at home, at school and in the work place.
My work, due in part to the nature of the pupils I teach, who tend towards been behaviourally challenged, incorporates a mixture of both informal assessments focussed on content and performance and some formal assessments which validate conclusions formulated from ...view middle of the document...
And finally… is the assessment efficient and manageable, with regards to resources, space and academic time.
“Assessment plays a crucial role in the education process: it determines much of the work students undertake (possibly all in the case of strategic students), affects their approach to learning, and, it can be argued, is an indication of which aspects of the course are valued most highly.” (Rust, 2002)
The values of the above quote can only be given credibility with the use of regular assessment. How much value is attached to the teaching and the retaining of information, via assessment, and consistent re-assessment, display the full practice of teaching, rather than a summative ending to a module/academic year, that is merely based on ‘unique’ teaching or opinion based essays backed up by methodology or research, and underlying theoretical values.
“we actually assess students for quite a range of different reasons; motivation, creating learning opportunities, to give feedback, to grade and as a quality assurance mechanism”
In summary, as teachers we must first observe the...