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Principles and Practices of Assessment

Principles and Practices of Assessment
A guide for assessors in the FE and skills sector

Third Edition

December 2015 | 184 pages | Learning Matters

This is a core text for anyone training to be (or working as) an assessor in the further education and skills sector. It has all the information you need to work towards the assessment units for qualifications such as: the Award, Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training, or the assessment units of the Learning and Development (TAQA) qualification.

The book takes you through all the information you need to know, opening up the topic for learning in a really accessible way. Interactive activities are included throughout, and real examples of assessment in practice are included. The book also includes examples of completed assessment documents. It is a comprehensive text, covering:

  • principles of assessment
  • planning for assessment
  • types and methods of assessment
  • assessment practice
  • giving feedback
  • recording progress and achievement
  • quality assurance
  • evaluation

This third edition has been updated to bring the book in-line with all qualifications that include assessing learning. This is your guide to understanding how to use assessment effectively in your teaching and assessing role.


Chapter 1: Principles of Assessment
Chapter 2: Planning for assessment
Chapter 3: Assessment practice
Chapter 4: Recording progress and achievement
Chapter 5: Quality assurance of assessment
Chapter 6: Evaluation and continuing professional development

As with all Gravells' books, the text is easy to understand and well set out. There is a logical flow, guiding assessors through the steps they need to consider when approaching work-based assessment from beginning to conclusion. This format makes the content appropriate for readers of all experiences, offering the opportunity to work through from front cover to back, or 'cherry pick' sections that may be relevant to those wishing to refresh their knowledge.
Gravells combines theory with examples and practical extension tasks to accelerate learning and put the theory to practical use. Additionally, she encourages self-assessment of these activities to further progress learning. 

Sue Bakajsa
In Tuition, Institute for Learning

this has helped with my CPD

Mrs sheryal wernham
Vocational Education, Swindon College
October 8, 2018

Very clear and concise information that the students have found very useful.

Ms Su Illingworth
Teacher Training, Craven College
December 15, 2015

Very clear and concise. A good resource.

Amanda Burgess
Education , Workers' Educational Association
January 19, 2016

Excellent book for the reference material for undertaking any assessment work.

Mr Chris John Walker
Education , Somerset College of Arts & Technology
March 15, 2016

This is a very good book that provides the learners with information that gives them a very clear idea for their assignment.

Mr Chris John Walker
Education , Somerset College of Arts & Technology
November 11, 2015

A useful resource for new staff members as well as those recently qualified with assessor or IQA award

Mrs Linda Imrie
Education, Hugh Baird College
January 19, 2016

Have always made great use of this and recommended to learners whose practices will or do involve a significant range of assessments (of all phases and methods). A really engaging and easy to use reference source.

Mr Donald Douglas Moyse
Command Training, Sussex Police
January 18, 2016

For personal updating and to support students who are considering taking on mentor/trainer/assessor roles

Mrs Elaine Jones
Childcare Department, Accrington & Rossendale College
January 12, 2016

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