The alternative method (agreed discretion) is not mandatory. The learner retains the option to pause EPA until such time that an onsite practical observation can take place safely. However, applying the discretion will give learners the opportunity to complete their EPA during these unusual circumstances. Learners should agree their assessment method in advance with their employer.
The discretions will apply to the following EPAs:
Adapted assessment for the observation component, including:
A Reflective Statement: Learners will have the opportunity to produce a reflective account detailing their practice in relation to the observation criteria over the past 3 months.
Expert Witness Statement: An expert witness will confirm that the reflective statement is a true and accurate reflection of the learner’s working practice.
30 minute Question & Answer Session: Pearson’s independent end-point assessor (IEA) will ask the learner questions to gather more information and confirm any matters arising from the reflective statement.