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Updates to Learner Portfolio Content for Lifesaving, First Aid, Pool Plant and Health & Safety Qualifications

Posted on 11th June 2018

The learner portfolios and answer sheets for Safety Training Awards lifesaving, first aid, pool plant and health & safety qualifications are changing following a review of the existing procedures. As a way to streamline the process for tutors and internal quality assurers (IQA) moving forward, the learner portfolios now combine the majority of paperwork required for learners on courses into a single booklet.

Please note that our swimming teaching qualifications are unaffected by this change.

The new learner portfolios should make the process of retaining and checking paperwork simpler for tutors, IQAs and Safety Training Awards. They now contain:

  • Unit specifications
  • Pre-course application form
  • Learner assessment checklist
  • Portfolio questions
  • Supplementary question sheets (where applicable)
  • Post-course feedback form
  • Practical marking sheet (for pool plant qualifications only)

This means that the only additional paperwork that course organisers and tutors will need to supply is the answer sheet, and the practical marking sheet (unless for pool plant qualifications, where the practical marking sheet will be included within the learner portfolio).

As learner portfolios are assessment material required for the qualification, they must be retained by the tutor. They must also be done independently, under exam conditions; for lifesaving and first aid courses this should be a closed book format.

The answer sheets have also been updated in line with the changes to the portfolios. Please note that the answers in the answer sheets are guidance for the tutors. They contain key words, phrases and information that the learner should have noted, but are not a definitive list. Where a question is asking for the learner to explain or describe in their answer, one-word answers are not adequate; they must provide sufficiently detailed answers for what the question is asking (please refer to the descriptor definitions in the portfolios).

These changes come into effect from Monday 18th June 2018, with the new portfolios being made available in the tutor resources on STA Online, and paper copies being sent to the course organiser upon registration of a course as normal. The old style portfolios can still be used if these are currently held for any courses commencing up to and including Friday 31st August 2018, after which all courses must use the new portfolios.