I am an Engineering Workplace Mentor, how do I view and add comments to the apprentice's workbook?


As part of your role as an external assessor for Engineering, you will be required to review your allocated student's portfolio to agree that the student evidence meets the agreed assessment criteria, and to take part in formal reviews. The University of Northampton use an online portfolio tool called PebblePad for this purpose. The following guidance aims to introduce you to the system and the Engineering portfolio.


You will have received an email with your username and password. Follow the link to  https://pebblepad.co.uk/northampton and enter your email address as your username and the password from the email you were sent by the PebblePad system. Please use the forgot password link to reset it if you need to.


Once logged in, you will see a link to the 'workspace' where the student portfolios are kept. Click on the link to continue:

Click on the link called Manufacturing Engineering

Choose the student you are assessing from the list. The student name will be shown as the 'Publisher' of the portfolio along with other details about the portfolio. In the example below, the work of 'Eddie Engineer' is being selected for review:

Find your student listed in the Publisher information

Reviewing student work and agreeing with evidence

Each portfolio is structured in terms of assessment criteria. Against each assessment section, there are multiple sections where students can collate evidence and claim against each assessment criterion. On reviewing the student's comments, evidence and supporting files, you can tick the box for each assessment criterion if you are happy that it has been achieved and evidenced. Only assessors and tutors logged into the system can tick the box, so this can be taken as formal confirmation.  Assessor fields can be found on each evidence page underneath the student comments.

As an example, the below image shows a simple Assessor field to mark one of the Vocational skills has been evidenced:


Another example below shows an assessor field on a three way review document where free text can be entered to record your comments:


Remember to Save each comment or ticked box with each 'Save & Release' button found underneath the element.

Commenting on reviews

Review forms can be found via the associated tabs in the main menu once a student has completed their part of the form. The example in the image below shows how to access a three way review which has already been filled out by a student. Select the main menu item named Student review, choose Three way review, then access one of the forms in the list. These are usually dated in the title. 


Again, look for the assessor fields to add your comments.



If you require any support regarding your comments and process as an external assessor, please contact your UON link tutor in the first instance. They will be able to guide you through your student's particular workbook.

  • Last Updated Nov 25, 2022
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  • Answered By Tim Guyett

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