Ah, the Task and Test has begun. I am now full on teaching it. I am "assessing" a group of learners through Comms Level 1 and Comms Level 2, Task and Test.
If you are unsure of what I am talking about, here in Wales...well, here is a quote to explain the process:
"The 'old' suite of Essential Skills Wales (ESW) and wider Key Skills qualifications have now been replaced by a new suite of qualifications encompassing seven essential skills areas."
There are new qualifications in:
- Essential Communication Skills – available at Levels 1-3, with a two-part end-assessment: controlled task and confirmatory external test
- Essential Application of Number Skills – available at Levels 1-3, with a two-part end-assessment: controlled task and confirmatory external test.
- Essential Digital Literacy Skills – available at Entry 1 to Level 3, with a controlled task end-assessment and confirmatory structured discussion.
- Essential Employability Skills – available at Entry 3 to Level 3, with a controlled task end-assessment and confirmatory structured discussion.
Essential Digital Literacy Skills replaces the current Essential Skills Wales qualifications in ICT, recognising the
increasingly dynamic and varied ways technology can be used throughout learning, work and everyday life.
Assessment modelAll of the new Essential Skills qualifications are end-assessed, with no ‘ongoing’ portfolio assessment. In all cases candidates will complete a controlled task, with the standard of their work then confirmed through a short test or structured discussion with their assessor.
Assessments will be common across all four awarding organisations offering the Essential Skills qualifications.
City & Guilds: Essential Skills Wales Qualifications and Assessments
Further informationFurther background information about the changes to Essential Skills Wales qualifications is available on the Qualification Wales website.
My next entry will discuss my experience in trying to deliver these qualifications to Work Based Learners (WBL).
In the meantime, have a look at the details of the qualifications - quite a lot to cover in a matter of weeks (about 30 hours).