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Section D

Assessing Performance against the Standards

LJMU ITT provision makes use of the guidance provided by the LJMU ITT TRACKER Grade Descriptors to inform judgements made about the attainment of trainees during their placements.

The purpose of this guidance is to assist providers as they exercise that judgement and to help them maximise the opportunities for the development of their training programmes that the Teachers’ Standards offer. It is designed to help everyone involved in initial teacher training (ITT), including teachers and trainees, to understand the scope and expectations of the standards. The guidance is non-statutory and will be kept under review.

This guidance includes:

  • a set of assessment grade descriptors for each Standard;
  • useful questions to ask when looking at the standards;
  • where and how the evidence may be demonstrated.

The guidance enables trainees and school tutors to consider ongoing formative progress as well as summative assessment, because the standards are outcome statements that indicate what trainee teachers must know, understand and be able to do in order to achieve QTS.

The descriptors offer all partners involved in assessment – school-based tutors, class teachers, higher education tutors and the trainees themselves – a common understanding of what is involved in meeting the standards.

Assessment against the standards is a matter of skilled professional judgement made at different times in different contexts, and often draws on evidence from a range of sources collected over time.

The guidance draws attention to the kinds of evidence that could be relevant when making judgements about whether a trainee is meeting the standards in full.

DfE Teachers’ Standards

Many of the standards are inter-related, and single assessment opportunities will produce evidence for several different standards. The standards in PART TWO relating to personal and professional conduct underpin all the standards in PART ONE. Trainees should be able to show that they meet these standards in everything they do. Also refer to the LJMU Code of Professional Conduct (section D)

The standards are related to professional knowledge and are closely linked to those relating to professional skills, and successful trainees will demonstrate these standards in teaching as well as through their academic attainments.

Judging Progress & Attainment