Fit for purpose or simply flabby? The need for alternative forms of assessment for enterprise education in England

Fit for purpose or simply flabby? The need for alternative forms of assessment for enterprise education in England

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Fit for purpose or simply flabby? The need for alternative forms of assessment for enterprise education in England

This paper is written from the context of publicly funded qualifications, exploring the impact that this has on assessment and practice. The phrase ‘,assessment must be fit for purpose’, frequently appears in relation to national standards, the award of qualifications and requirements for reliability. The nature and meaning of the purposes of assessment are not always clear to users and in any case are constantly evolving in line with changing expectations and needs. Particular difficulties exist in relation to locally generated forms of enterprise education where recognition of achievement and the encouragement of enterprise can be difficult to reconcile with a requirement for compliance with national standards and systems. This paper describes current developments in enterprise education and its assessment for nationally recognised awards in England and considers questions of authenticity, reliability, and purpose. The functions of assessment in enterprise education are discussed and applications of connoisseurship and performance mastery in enabling local initiatives to meet national standards considered and reported on.

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