Initial assessment is the vital starting point of the learner journey whether it’s a regulated or non-regulated ESOL course. It provides the baseline from which to measure any distance travelled and as such provides essential evidence that learning has taken place. It can also give an indication of your learner’s strengths and weaknesses.
Providers only have to deliver a qualification where a learner exercises their legal entitlement for a first full level 2 or level 3 English course. Non-regulated ESOL provision without a qualification has rate-based funding depending on planned hours of delivery.
SAM funding rates 2017/18
Single Activity Matrix is based around guided learning hours (GLH).
|GLH, TQT or planned hours||Type||Base rate
|Up to 2||Very small||£14|
|3 to 4||Very small||£21|
|5 to 6||Very small||£35|
|7 to 12||Small||£50|
|13 to 20||Small||£100|
|21 to 44||Small||£150|
|45 to 68||Medium||£300|
|69 to 92||Medium||£450|
|93 to 100||Medium||£600|
|101 to 196||Large||£724|
|197 to 292||Large||£1,265|
|293 to 388||Large||£1,987|
|389 to 580||Very large||£2,573|
|581 to 1060||Very large||£4,170|
|1061 or more||Very large||£6,602|
ForSkills’ ESOL initial assessment is unique for many reasons. We know many ESOL learners present with a spiky profile, for example, their speaking and listening skills may be better than their writing skills, so our initial assessment will assess a learner’s levels in reading; the writing topics of grammar, punctuation and spelling; and also listening. It will also assess their overall English level from pre-entry to level 2.
The questions are banked so a learner is unlikely to sit the same assessment twice, so it can be run again at a later stage to show distance travelled. The assessment has audio that will read aloud each question, so headphones are advisable especially for the listening section. The assessment is also adaptive, responding to a learner’s answers and offering correspondingly easier or harder questions.