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  • Rationale for the assessment of professional practice
  • Assessment of practice education
  • Instruction for completion of marking grid
  • Midway assessment
  • Awarding a fail grade
  • Student self-assessment
  • Continued professional development

  • Rationale for the assessment of professional practice

    As with academic work, it is important for the student to gain feedback on practice and to recognise how he or she is progressing with the acquisition and application of their skills. An assessment strategy that has an integral mechanism for providing students with verbal and written feedback on performance and for making graded judgements using predetermined criteria can support student learning and development. The mode of assessment is therefore intended to facilitate learning.

    It is important for students to be given feedback on specific strengths and limitations in their practice so that they know where improvements might be made. It is also important for students to be given an opportunity to act on the feedback in an attempt to improve performance during the timeframe of the practice experience; students will therefore have a midway and final assessment.

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    Assessment of practice education

    Students are assessed on their performance in the following component areas:

    • Communication
    • Personal and Professional Development
    • Safe Practice
    • Effective Practice
    • Occupation Centered Practice

    The assessment is based on the level of performance and behaviour the student is required to achieve at their level of training. There are four differing marking grids as the students’ progress through the course from practice placement one to four. These grids are designed to assess the range of performance expected at each level, and the different descriptors reflect this. It is therefore important to use the full range of marks at each level, i.e. a student at a novice level is able to receive an exceptional grade, as the performance requirements of an exceptional grade as a novice and competent levels are higher.

    The 4 assessment grids are available to download here in PDF and Excel formats.

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    Instruction for completion of marking grid

    There are 4 different grids depending on the level of placement the student is on. The student will come out to placement with the correct version of the grid.

    An overall Grade (Pass/Fail) should be awarded to a student halfway through the practice placement (the Midway Report) and again at the end of the practice placement (the Final Report) taking into account the component descriptors given on the Occupational Therapy Pre-registration Practice Placement Assessment Form for the level of training.

    Students are assessed on their performance in the following component areas:

    • Does not meet expectations (fail)
    • Meets expectations
    • Exceeds expectations
    • Exceptional performance

    Marking Components

    1. Each component is marked separately. Start by reading the grey box at the top for a full description of the component, e.g:


    This section assesses how the student takes personal responsibility to identify their own knowledge and skills and evaluate their own strengths, limitations and learning needs. Consider whether the student has taken an active part in supervision, CPD opportunities, has acted on feedback given and can use reflection for self development.

    2. Take note of the different elements that comprise this component, e.g.

    • Development of self
    • Feedback: learning with and from others

    In the context of supervision, CPD opportunities and reflective practice, the student:

    3. Mark the descriptor that describe the student’s performance. Please consider the full range of grades; however it is not necessary to read every descriptor, if for example your overall impression is that your student is“meeting expectations” look at the “meets expectations” column and read descriptors for bands on each side to determine which is the most accurate description of the student’s level of performance.

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    Midway assessment

    The midway assessment is an opportunity for the educator and student to reflect on the learning experiences and achievements to date.

    We hope that during each practice placement, students should have the opportunity to perform in each of the assessment component areas. The midway assessment may highlight some elements that are difficult to mark/grade due to a lack of opportunity. It is however important to complete the midway assessment at midway rather than leaving it until there have been opportunities to assess all the component areas. The midway assessment facilitates student’s learning and provides them with important feedback and a realistic indicator of their performance and performance areas required before the end of the placement. Educators and students are advised to ensure that opportunities are sought to address these elements in the second half of the placement. Learning outcomes from supervision should address this.

    If circumstances should arise where an educator feels that one of these assessment component areas might not be able to be addressed in their setting, the Practice Educator should contact the Practice Placement Facilitator and/or discuss this with the Visiting Tutor, at the earliest possible opportunity.

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    Awarding a fail grade

    If you become concerned that your student is not meeting the required performance standards for the placement then please contact the placement facilitator or contact tutor as soon as possible.

    It is important that LSBU supports both the educator and the student until the student has reached the required level of performance or has completed the placement. Staff at LSBU are committed to doing additional visits/phone calls/emails where necessary.

    Please note that it is important to be realistic about the student’s level of performance at midway, therefore if a student is failing the student’s marks should reflect this. This process supports the students learning by facilitating understanding of the requirements of passing the placement. If a student is at risk of failing, either prior to the midway assessment or following midway assessment please contact the university. It is possible to fail a student at the end of the placement after you have passed him/her at midway.

    A fail grade is awarded where any one of the components are deemed “Fails to meet expectations." Of the components that are being assessed, all must be at least “Meets expectations” to be awarded a pass grade overall. Students may fail a single element within a component and other components may be marked at a higher grade, but a high level of achievement in these areas will not compensate for a failed component.

    If a student fails one or more components, please ensure you write “fail” clearly in the ‘criteria grade awarded’ section on the front sheet. Within the mark section, please show the overall mark in the “criteria grade awarded” section but ensure that you identify the “fail” component(s) in the section indicated, to demonstrate a clear fail.

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    Student self-assessment

    The Occupational Therapy Programmes at London South Bank University value student self-assessment as a means of developing students’ ability to reflect on and evaluate their own performance, in preparation for continuing professional development. It is therefore important that students complete their Midway and Final self-assessments, prior to meeting with their practice educator.

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    Continued Professional Development form

    On completing the Final Report, please assist the student in identifying and recording their particular strengths and areas for future professional development. See final page of assessments.

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