At the Axiom Dynamics Training Academy, we get lots of queries about the Teaching Evidence folder that makes up part of the portfolio for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET), formerly known as the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector or DTLLS for short. Today I would like to welcome you to this overview of what you will need to do to complete this. This course is assessed using a combination of written assignments and a practical portfolio of evidence from your current teaching role.
The theory-based assignments require you to analyse various theories of teaching and learning which link to your own teaching practice and also an evaluation of this practice.
The units you will cover are as follows:
Mandatory Units (75 credits):
Unit 1. Developing teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 2. Teaching, learning and assessment in education and training
Unit 3. Theories, principles and models in education and training
Unit 4. Wider professional practice in education and training
Optional Units (45 credits)
Unit 5. Action research
Unit 9. Developing, using, and organising resources within a specialist area
Unit 15. Inclusive Practice
Along with your assignments, your teaching evidence folder will make up part of your portfolio and will include various elements that will be used as evidence by your assessor. The practical component requires you to compile an e-portfolio of your current teaching practice, including logging 100 hours of teaching, across a variety of contexts, levels and learners, and 8 lesson observations.
Below is a short description of your portfolio and the folders within it, so you have a clear understanding of it is you must do.
This folder contains some background reading on the DET and its purpose. It also has an Index file that allows you to see, at a glance, what you need to put into each folder within your portfolio and a further file that lists further reading and website lists that you may find useful.
This is for us to learn more about you. It includes the usual things like your name and contact details and also a section to upload identification, which is a requirement by the awarding body.
Achievement Summary Sheet
This document allows you and your course tutor to see at what stage you are at in your qualification. It shows the units you have completed and the dates when you met them. You will continually update this as you work your way through the qualification.
Specimen Signature Sheet
The specimen signature sheet is a copy of your signature to be used on all documentation. You will need to provide a copy of your signature on this sheet. You can insert an image file into the table in the document or you can print, scan and upload the document, whichever is more manageable for yourself.
In this section you will answer some questions regarding your experience in teaching, your command of written and spoken English and any Recognised Prior Learning you may have. You will also need to complete an online VARK test so we can identify your learning preferences, but we will also provide you with the link for this.
The assignments folder is where you will write the answers to your assignment questions. There are templates relating to each unit which you will need to complete to the required standard. We will send an e-textbook Achieving Your Diploma in Education & Training (2nd Edition) by Jim Gould and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen and an additional e-version of our Level 5 Handbook, that includes more information, lesson notes and templates. We advise you to use these for your further reference and guidance when you are answering the assignment questions as they contain lots of relevant information.
We have also included assignment examples within your portfolio. These examples are there to assist you, so you have some an idea of what is required when it comes to submitting your answers. We would, however, ask that you DO NOT copy and paste the content from the examples into your workbooks. They will be checked for plagiarism by your course assessor and the external quality assurer and any workbooks that have been plagiarised will not be accepted. This will result in you running the risk of failing this course.
The level 5 DET qualification is about developing and improving your practical skills and therefore you will need to have access to at least 100 hours of teaching practice. This teaching should be sufficiently varied to provide you with opportunities to experience a range of teaching encounters. Practice should be with groups of learners, ideally of 12 or more, but the majority of the teaching practice must be to five or more learners and should include:
- Different teaching practice locations/settings/contexts.
- Teaching across more than one level.
- Teaching a variety of learners.
- Gaining subject-specialist knowledge through workplace mentoring.
Syllabus or Specification
This section is where you upload the syllabus or qualification specification that relates to the session you have delivered. This is important as it provides information on the units involved in your session, the time-scale of the course and the assessment process within it. If you are teaching more than one course as part of your observations, you will need to include the additional syllabus or specifications in here that relate to that observation.
Scheme of work
Your scheme of work will show the breakdown of your 100 hours of teaching. If this is across several courses, you will need to upload a scheme of work for each one. If, however, you have delivered one course that equates to the full 100 hours, then you will only need to upload one scheme of work. You will need to include dates and timings into this as evidence that you have met the required hours.
We have included two templates for you to use in your portfolio. One is a word document, the other is an excel spreadsheet and you can use whichever one you prefer or you are more comfortable with.
The scheme of work/s will cover your 100 hours of teaching but includes more detail. Each of your sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes long and include the resources you used, for example, presentation, handouts and any other relevant teaching materials. You should also demonstrate here how the session catered for inclusion and the minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT skills. Again though, we have included a template for you to use for this, should you not have your own.
Learner Observation Records
This folder gives more information on what you need to do to prepare and submit your session, for example, the minimum number of learners required, how to conduct the session and detail on how to record the session. We have also included our assessor’s observation template in this folder and their guidance notes so you can see exactly what it is they are looking for from your sessions.
We would ask that you use wetransfer.com to send your session recording to us, but we have included a tutorial video in this folder to explain to you how this is done. As always, if you do experience any technical difficulty when you submit your assessments via the website, you can always email us for assistance. We will be more than glad to help.
Part of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is to do with your own self-evaluation. After each lesson, you must take time to reflect on how your session and delivery went for you, so for this section you will need to complete 8 self-evaluations on your delivery. This includes things like your planning, assessment practices and resources used to meet the individual needs of learners, all in your own area of specialism. Again, we have given you templates to be used for you to complete these.
Learners initial Assessments
This area is for you to upload any initial assessments that you have conducted with your learners or any induction documents that you have sent to them. This can include course information, pre-course tests or assessments they may need to complete before starting the program you are delivering. We will need to have 5 completed initial assessments that you have used with your learners, but feel free to use the one that you completed from us if you do not have your own.
Individuals Learning Plan
You will need to complete this document for 5 of your learners. This plan is to understand more about your learners. It shows their progress on the qualification they are on, any discussion notes you had with them and target dates for achieving each of the learning outcomes.
This area is for uploading any resources you have used in the delivery of your sessions. These can be things like PowerPoint presentations, worksheets or videos. You can also include photographs of these resources, but if you do, please give a detailed account of what resource it is that the picture shows, what and where it is used and how effective it is within your lesson. Including a variety of resources will bring your sessions to life and will help keep your learners engaged throughout the session.
This area is for uploading any evidence of communication between you, your learners and any other staff concerning the delivery of your sessions. This could include screenshots of emails, meeting agendas or minutes of a meeting or even internal requests for the use of resources within your own organisation.
Learner Evaluation and Feedback
This folder is for feedback or evaluations from your learners on you. These can be surveys, questionnaires or screenshots of online reviews. They should be given to your learners to fill in on completion of you delivering a session to them. You will need to provide 5 feedback forms/ reviews, from 5 separate learners and then upload these to us.
Hopefully, this short presentation has now given you a better understanding of what is required to complete this section of your portfolio, however, should you have any further questions please do get in touch with us here.