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How our assessment day Course works
So, what can you expect when you come on a “Day One”Talking Blues course? Depending on numbers, our course lasts from 9.15 in the morning to 7pm in the evening. It is a long day – but think of it as your first police shift – and here is what you will get out of it.
This short section explains what exercises you will face on the “Day One” assessment day. Each of the session is directly aimed at preparing you for a particular exercise.
The Role Plays
This is a hugely important section of the process. It is designed to test your ability to take responsibility, ask relevant questions and make decisions in a fair and impartial manner. Because of the complexity of role-plays this section represents a large chunk of the available marks on the day. It is also one of the most common areas that people fail on.
We spend a session showing you how to utilise your preparation time on the day effectively. By the end of the session, you will understand how to plan your meeting with the role actor in a concise manner, setting yourself up to score the maximum number of marks. Consequently, when doing the real thing, as your competition enter their scenarios floundering, you will have a prepared plan, split into the sections you need to address with the role actor/s, highlighting what issues and questions you need to raise and outlining what actions you may need to take.
The second session covers the principles of dealing with the actual role-play itself. You will discover how to take control of the scenario, ask appropriate questions, offer solutions and make a suitable decision. Most importantly of all, you will understand how to evidence all of this to the assessor. You will also learn to avoid coming across as weak, indecisive, or lacking in basic policing skills.
On your assessment day interview you will be given four questions and allowed five minutes to speak on each one. In this section we will explain a technique to utilise your five minutes to the full. We will provide you with a logical way to give an evidenced answer, utilising good examples, showing the skills required. In this way, you will avoid becoming tongue tied or running out of things to say. We will examine what is effectively the marking guide and show you how to shape your answers in advance to meet the required competency areas. We will also discuss examples of students’ interview questions and answers, together with feedback. This session lasts approximately two hours. It also includes an input on diversity, ethics and integrity, which underpin the entire process. By the end of this, you will have a thorough understanding of the kinds of questions likely to come up, know how to be able to prepare a five-minute answer and be aware of how to tailor it to make sure you gain maximum marks.
Trio of video clip exercise
We will show you a number of video clips, and as a group exercise, explain what they are looking for, and outline a technique to use. We then show a number of video clips, and as a class, run through potential ways of answering, explaining which is a “good” and “bad answer”
Video exercise of officer/civilian interaction exercise
We will show you a number of video clips, and as a group exercise, explain what they are looking for, and outline a technique to use. We then show a number of video clips, and as a class, run through potential ways of answering, explaining how the behaviours of the role actors on the screen should be viewed.
We will outline what the exercise consists of. Then, we will explain how to assess the issue, constructing report outlining the background, issues, options, and recommendation.
Virtual reality co-working exercise
We will explain to you what this exercise is looking for, then run a demonstration where students get the opportunity to work with a fellow delegate to practice information sharing.