Transparency from the start...

Initial and diagnostic assessments allow LEAD to begin the process of getting to know each learner and build an ongoing relationship.


Initial Assessments

Initial assessments happen at the beginning of the process, prior to enrolment. The initial assessments allow LEAD to build a picture of an individual’s achievements, skills, interests, previous learning experiences and goals, and the learning needs associated with those goals. This information is then used to help determine eligibility for the chosen apprenticeship.

Each apprenticeship has specific entry criteria. The level of apprenticeship you start at will depend on the qualifications you hold or the outcome of the initial assessment, ensuring the right level of programme for each learner.


Diagnostic Assessments

Diagnostic assessments happen at the beginning of our apprenticeship programmes following the initial assessment. They enable LEAD to identify the specific learning strengths and needs associated to individual learners. The diagnostic also determines learning targets and appropriate teaching and learning strategies to achieve them. This is important because learners often have higher-level skills in some areas than in others.

The diagnostic assessment is a vital part of the process, enabling LEAD to being building a bespoke, challenging and individual learner journey.


The two processes are closely linked:

Diagnostic assessment adds to the information gathered from initial assessment. Together they help LEAD and the learner build a clear picture in order to:

  1. Personalise learning
  2. Develop and individual learning plan
  3. Begin the process of assessment for learning
  4. Make links to progression routes and prepare for the next steps
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