“The Best Initial Assessment Guide is probably the most important guide of the series. It explains the key principles that form the basis of good practice in initial assessment and shows you how to put together an effective system of initial assessment. It gives you the knowledge and skills you need to make an effective commercial case to your managers by explaining why initial assessment is worth doing as well as possible. I fully recommend any assessor of any competence to invest in Hilary's guides, as I have.”
Peter Stone, Founder of Apprentice Life, Employability Skills Coach, Networker and Connector of People.
"An excellent guide that provides the principles of effective initial assessment with some great examples."
Oliver Trailor, Managing Director, Runway Training

The best initial assessment guide



This practical guide is aimed at all those involved in initial assessment (IA) and recruitment of learners and makes the business case for getting it right – from the start!

Contents include:

  • information on what goes in to the design of an initial assessment system to help you design your own
  • guidance on choosing and using initial assessment methods to suit your learners and the programmes you offer
  • detailed sections on the methods to use and when to use them
  • help with making the business case for a robust initial assessment system to managers
  • checklists, activities and examples from experienced practitioners to help you see what good practice in initial assessment looks like.

The guide is an essential companion for anyone working towards an initial teacher training qualification or who gives advice and guidance to learners.