Within the statement with questions, an impartial assessor observes the apprentice of their office. The apprentice completes their day-to-day duties below regular working situations. This enables the apprentice to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology by naturally occurring proof. The impartial assessor asks questions as defined under. Simulation will not be permitted through the statement.

The statement and responses to questions should be assessed holistically by the impartial assessor when they’re deciding the grade.


This evaluation methodology is getting used as a result of it’s legitimate and an correct reflection of a real-life scenario. It’s an genuine evaluation of mentoring apply. It’s dependable as a result of the stay statement is supported by recordings of mentoring apply, to be recorded publish gateway. Questions following the statement permit the assessor to assemble extra proof towards the information, abilities, and behaviours and for apprentices to exhibit a deeper degree of understanding and ability.


The statement with questioning should be structured to offer the apprentice the chance to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology to the very best obtainable grade.

The impartial assessor conducts and assesses the statement with questioning.

The impartial assessor should solely observe one apprentice to make sure high quality and rigour and so they should be as unobtrusive as potential.

The EPAO should give an apprentice 14 days discover of the statement. 

The statement should take 2 hours. Particulars on the breakdown of those timings are included under.

The impartial assessor can improve the time of the statement by as much as 10%. This time is to permit the apprentice to finish a activity or reply to a query if essential.

The statement could also be break up into discrete sections held on the identical working day.

EPAOs should handle invigilation of the apprentice through the evaluation to keep up safety of the EPA, in step with their malpractice coverage. This contains breaks and transferring between places through the working day.

The impartial assessor should clarify to the apprentice the format and timescales of the statement earlier than it begins. This doesn’t depend in the direction of the evaluation time.

The impartial assessor ought to observe the next through the statement:

The impartial assessor should observe one stay 30-minute mentoring session. As well as, the apprentice will present the impartial assessor with two 30-minute recordings of mentoring classes, that can be considered by the impartial assessor as a part of the statement on the day of the evaluation. The recorded mentoring classes should happen and be recorded publish gateway. The recorded mentoring classes, could also be with the identical, or totally different, mentees. Within the recorded mentoring classes the mentor and mentee should be seen within the recording. Audio solely recordings is not going to be accepted. Recorded and noticed mentoring classes could also be 1:1 mentoring or group mentoring, reflecting the apprentices typical apply.

These actions present the apprentice with the chance to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology.

The aim of the questions is to evaluate the information, abilities, and behaviours mapped to this evaluation methodology, to make clear facets of mentoring apply noticed, and to permit the apprentice to exhibit a better degree of ability and understanding.

Questions should be requested after the statement. The full period of the statement evaluation methodology is 2 hours and the time for questioning is included within the total evaluation time. The full time for the statement factor is 90 minutes. The time allotted for questioning is half-hour. The impartial assessor should ask not less than 5 questions. Observe-up questions are allowed. The impartial assessor should use the questions from the EPAO’s query financial institution or create their very own questions in-line with the EPAO’s coaching.

The impartial assessor should ask questions on KSBs that weren’t noticed to assemble evaluation proof. These questions are along with the set variety of questions for the statement and ought to be saved to a minimal. The impartial assessor also can ask inquiries to make clear solutions given by the apprentice.

The impartial assessor should file the KSBs noticed, KSBs demonstrated in solutions to questions and the grade achieved. The apprentice’s solutions to questions should even be recorded.

The impartial assessor makes all grading choices.

Evaluation location

The statement with questioning should happen within the apprentice’s regular place of business (for instance their employer’s premises or a buyer’s premises). Tools and assets wanted for the statement should be offered by the employer and be in good and secure working situation.   

Questioning that happens after the statement ought to happen in a quiet room, free from distractions and affect.

Further venue necessities that should be in place embrace:

  • the placement should mirror regular apply for the apprentice and their mentee, this may occasionally embrace distant mentoring the place the apprentice meets their mentee on-line
  • the impartial assessor might observe and full the questioning remotely.

Query and useful resource growth

The EPAO should write an evaluation specification and query financial institution. The specification should be related to the occupation and exhibit easy methods to assess the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology. It’s endorsed that is completed in session with employers of this occupation. The EPAO ought to keep the safety and confidentiality of EPA supplies when consulting employers. The questions should be unpredictable. A query financial institution of ample dimension will help this. The evaluation specification and questions should be reviewed not less than every year to make sure they continue to be fit-for-purpose. 

The EPAO should develop purpose-built query banks and make sure that applicable high quality assurance procedures are in place, for instance, contemplating standardisation, coaching and moderation. The EPAO should make sure that questions are refined and developed to a excessive normal.

The EPAO should make sure that the apprentice has a distinct set of questions within the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO should produce the next supplies to help the statement with questioning:

  • impartial assessor evaluation supplies which embrace:
    • coaching supplies
    • administration supplies
    • moderation and standardisation supplies
    • steering supplies
    • grading steering
    • query financial institution
  • EPA steering for the apprentice and the employer


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