No. Assessment methods must be used as per the assessment plan. The way in which the stated assessment methods are conducted may be amended if approved by the EQAP. Authority to change an assessment method remains with IfATE.
No. On programme projects cannot be used as part of EPA.
Yes. Where doing so would be in the best interests of the apprentice and allow for EPA to continue.
Yes. Assessments must be invigilated remotely and the full session recorded and retained for internal and external quality assurance purposes.
Yes, if the apprentice and assessor both have access to remote platforms (such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom webinars) then professional discussions can be conducted remotely. The full discussion must be recorded and retained for internal and external quality assurance purposes.
If the interruption was minor and temporary, this should be noted by the invigilator. Where the interruption has created a possibility for external interference, the EPA should be stopped.
The EPAO should apply the terms of their special considerations policy and processes where appropriate.
This should be raised with your EQAP on a case-by-case basis. It may be possible to conduct observations remotely in very limited circumstances, but not where the observation takes place in a large environment, the activity is detailed and/or it is in and health and safety critical area.
This should be raised with your EQAP on a case-by-case basis. The EPAO must be assured that the recording will be of a sufficient quality to allow the assessor to make accurate judgements. The EPAO must be assured that the assessment is taking place in a controlled environment.
Potentially yes, but specific queries should be raised with your EQAP on a case by case basis.
Yes. Where it is feasible to do so. On occasion, it will not be possible to alter the order of AMs where the latter is dependant on the outcome from an earlier assessment method, i.e. a professional discussion may always have to be after an observation, as it may pick up on elements covered in the observation.
This would depend on the Standard and factors such as the number of KSBs to be covered, the environment the observation is taking place in and the nature of the task. Please email Open Awards to discuss the specific Standard.
Where the assessment plan states that the work-based project should be gathered on-programme this should still be adhered too.
The view of the TB will certainly be strongly considered. The proposal will still require the approval of IfATE and the policy and assessment team.
All possible options will be reviewed and considered but, where possible, observations should remain. All proposals should be emailed to Open Awards (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may be invited to take place is a “task force” hosted by IfATE to explore all options and agree on a way forward.
A “task force” may be convened for all stakeholders to have input into the proposals and try again consensus on a way forward.
Yes- in many cases TB’s have been involved in either drafting the proposals or having input into them.