Assessment and Tracking Progress
North Tyneside Council
Evidence of improvement in learners’ achievements, retention and progression.
Learner behaviour and motivation improved: the new ILPs helped learners to focus on how their skills are developing, so that they experienced success and were more likely to complete their programme and progress into employment.
The new ILPs also:• provided a basis for the planning and delivery of effective learning sessions for learners with a wide variety of health needs and other barriers to learning
• supported greater learner engagement with new technology associated with job search activity
• enabled learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to set and monitor their own goals
• promoted learners’ belief in their capacity to successfully gain sustainable and worthwhile employment.
As a result of their research tutors made adjustments to the entire assessment processes. These included providing 1:1 support; adapting the assessment process so that it was limited to what was necessary and assessing for self-belief and motivation (EPG 6 & 7). These adaptations successfully supported tutors and learners in negotiating effective strategies to overcome issues with low self-esteem.
One learner who had had a longstanding conviction that she would never be able to gain employment was supported into gaining a work experience placement which subsequently resulted in her obtaining paid work with the same employer.
Engaging vocational tutors in the full assessment process ensured that everyone involved was fully aware of the assistance learners needed (EPG4). As a direct result of this one learner was given tailored support in achieving a qualification that he had repeatedly failed. This resulted in him progressing straight from the course into work on a construction site
The revised ILPs have proved so successful that learners have reported using them as prompts during interviews with employers. As a result of this one learner was successful in gaining a role as housekeeper in a local hotel. She has since applied for and been successful in a further role with the same organisation and is now in a supervisory position.