End-point assessment

We offer a full range of assessment services to support the diverse requirements of the apprenticeships standards.

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Children, Young People and Family Practitioner EPA Spec

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Our end-point assessment service

You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation, regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.

As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation, we provide a full range of assessment services to support the diverse requirements of the new apprenticeships standards.

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There are two components that make up end-point assessment for Children, Young People and Families Practitioner:

  • observation of practice 
  • competence interview informed by portfolio.

In each of the components, there are two optional pathways. Each pathway consists of different theme both for the Observation of Practice and for the Competence Interview.

The pathways include:

  • Option 1: Practitioner in Children’s Educational Care
  • Option 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

The apprentices will be required to complete all core themes and then select one of the optional pathways.

The pathway chosen must be the same for the Observation of Practice and for the Competence Interview.

Observation of Practice

The Observation of Practice involves the independent end-point assessor (IEA) observing the apprentice carrying out their routine work activities in their regular working environment. Its purpose is to assess the apprentice’s skills and behaviours related to specific areas of the apprenticeship standard.

The Observation of Practice will last for approximately 80-90 minutes.  It contributes 50% to the overall end-point assessment grade. It will consist of a 

  • 10 minute verbal briefing session by the apprentice to the independent end-point assessor (IEA) that includes submission of a written summary report of 2000 (+/- 10%) words, which provide an outline of the Observation of Practice to be carried out 

  • 55-60 minute Observation of Practice; 

  • 15-20 minute period of question and answers immediately following observation

This component is graded Fail/Pass/Distinction

Competence Interview informed by portfolio

The Competence Interview (supported by evidence portfolio) is a planned structured discussion between the apprentice and the IEA. Its purpose is to assess the apprentice’s level of competency linked to the relevant apprenticeship standard outcomes.

The Competency Interview will last for a maximum of 55-60 minutes and may be conducted face to face. It contributes 50% to the overall end-point assessment grade

Apprentice will submit the portfolio at least three weeks before the competence interview is due to be held. The end-point assessor will review the portfolio in advance of the end-point assessment.

This component is graded Fail/Pass/Distinction