New National Qualifications and Quality Assurance Update

New National Qualifications
and Quality Assurance
College Coordinator Conference 2014
Philosophy of New National
 Supports a coherent system of quality assurance and sharing
best practice as outlined in the principles of Building the
Curriculum 5
 Encourages the integration between assessment, learning
and teaching by:
– Making the learning and assessment more meaningful
– Fit for purpose for subject, level and learner
 Allows teachers/lecturers to use their professional
- Using subject knowledge to ascertain the most
appropriate way to generate evidence
- Selecting appropriate assessment method for the
candidate maintaining the national standard
 Considerable scope for tailoring, less prescriptive Units
- Flexibility of conditions of assessment
- Variety of methods/instrument of assessments
New Quality Assurance
New NQ: Quality Assurance
 Maintains the credibility of National Qualifications
 Encourages the partnership approach of Curriculum for
 Support the sharing of knowledge and understanding of
national standards
 Increases confidence in assessment decisions
 Supports the flexible delivery of our new National
Overview Quality Assurance 2013/14
 New quality assurance arrangements were introduced to
support internal assessment of the new National Qualifications
from National 1 to National 5
 During the 3 Rounds of Verification, evidence was verified
Units (National 1 – National 5)
Internally Assessed Components of
Course Assessment (N5)
Added Value Units (N4)
 A blend of approaches were used to externally verify the
internal assessment of new National Qualifications including Prior Verification
Event Verification
Visiting Verification
 Centres submitted candidate evidence from a completed Unit
or work in progress, ie interim evidence, where an assessment
decision had been made
Quality Assurance: Key
Quality Assurance Key Messages
 After each round of verification activity, SQA published
common key messages and subject specific key messages that
have been identified by the verification teams
Generic key messages
Subject specific key messages – available on each subject
Areas of Good Practice
The majority of centres had a sound knowledge of the new system and
assessment procedures –
 A large number of centres provided excellent evidence of very
thorough internal verification procedures
 Examples of internal verification processes that were seen included
cross-marking, blind marking, and comparing and sampling
 Where re-assessment was necessary, some centres had focused
only on the Assessment Standards still to be achieved, ensuring that
candidates would not be over-assessed
Areas for Development
In a number of submissions, there was an absence of information
about how assessment judgements had been made:
 Centre must provide some form of evidence as to how assessment
judgments were made in relation to the separate Assessment
 Centres must have effective internal quality assurance systems in
place to offer SQA qualifications
 Centres should ensure appropriate forms are completed to support
candidate evidence such as candidate flyleaf, verification sample
form etc.
Quality Assurance Approach
QA Approach 2014/15
 CPD: National 1 – Higher (September/November 2014)
Verification activity will be replaced by Understanding
Standards Events for Nominees
23rd Sept, 3rd Oct, 10th Nov, 12th November
 Verification Round 1: National 1 – Higher (February 2015)
Will focus on the verification of Unit assessment – the
number of selections will be reduced in line with
intelligence gained from 2013/14 activity
 Verification Round 2: National 4 – Higher (May 2015)
Will focus on the verification of Internally Assessed
Components of Course Assessment and Added Value
Units – again the number of selections reduced
Quality Assurance
Prior Verification Service
 Free service offered to centres who:
– devise their own assessments
– significantly change SQA’s assessments
 Provides additional confidence to teachers/lecturers that a
proposed assessment is fit for purpose
 Does not apply to Added Value Units
Understanding Standards – Materials
 SQA will provide resources to support and promote
Understanding Standards from N1 to Advanced Higher for
Nominees and wider audience:
 Candidate evidence for Units with commentary which can be used
for training and benchmarking purposes
 Candidate evidence from Course assessment with commentary
which can be used for training and benchmarking purposes
 Training materials which can be used by Nominees to support
colleagues in their school, college and local authority
 Case studies
Understanding Standards - Events
A variety of Understanding Standards Events will be
delivered from 2014 – 2016 which will include:
 Training events for Nominees
 Events for subject specialists
 Tailored events where specific needs are identified
Nominees for Session 2014/15
June – August 2014
 Colleges who put forward Nominees in 2013/14 were sent a
spreadsheet listing details of Nominees from session 2013/14:
- Confirm who is continuing as a Nominee for session 2014/15
- Inform SQA of anyone who is no longer going to be a
Nominee and provide details of who will replace them in
- Inform SQA of any new Nominations

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