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Understanding Initial Assessments

Learner Support 



What is an Initial Assessment?


Initial assessments are used to help Together Training (TT)Learning Coaches to find out about you, as an individual, in terms of your English and mathematical skills. They provide TT with an idea of your ‘starting point’ and we do this prior to the programme commencing. This will allow TT time to ensure your selected course is right for you

  • Initial Assessment is a short two-part English and Mathematical skills assessment

  • each assessment should take no more than 30 minutes per subject


Initial Assessments can:

  • aid differentiation and allows individual requirements to be planned for and met

  • ascertain student capability to achieve their selected programme

  • give your Tutor the tools to set and negotiate suitable targets

  • identify any information which needs to be shared with your Learning Coach

  • identify any specific additional support needs

Initial Assessments should be:

  •  Completed by the student alone with no additional support

  • Conducted in a quiet environment

  • Seen as a support tool rather than a ‘test’

  • Not considered an ‘official qualification’

TT uses a system called ‘Skills Forward’ to conduct the Initial Assessment.

  • Why do I have to complete it?

    •  Your training programme receives significant funding from the Government

    •  It is a mandatory government requirement that everyone undertakes this assessment before

      they start the course

  • Understanding your Initial Assessment result

    Functional Skills qualifications are split into five different levels: Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Levels 1 and 2. All of our Apprenticeships require students to be at Level 2 standard by the end of their course.

Upon completing your Initial Assessment your Learning Coach will gain access to a graph (such as the English example below) which provides information about each section in the subject:

What happens next?

Students will be asked to provide evidence of their current qualifications that may be deemed equivalent to GCSE 4 – 9 standard.

If you are unable to provide certification, as listed above, you will be guided towards one of the following routes depending on your Initial Assessment level:

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