17 December 2008
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Our e-Assessment and Learning Department will be running training sessions in January 2009 for online assessments and e-portfolios and we are offering places for two people from each centre per session. Places may be booked for the full day or for the morning or afternoon only.
These sessions are currently aimed at Schools and Colleges. If you are an External Training Provider please contact us for more information.
Who should attend?
SOLAR workshop - it would be useful to have someone in attendance who will have an active role in your administration and a tutor/teacher interested in online assessment
e-Portfolios - it would be useful to have any tutors/ teachers interested in using these for their classes
The following dates are available:
For further information and to book places, please contact Derek McFarlane (0845 213 5406).
We now have a waiting list for the SOLAR online assessments sessions, should the above dates not suit and if you are interested we can add your name to the list and get back in touch as soon as we have another date.
Should you have 10 people interested in either SOLAR or Skills 4 Work we are happy to come to you to provide the training. Please e-mail Derek with your details.
For full details of workshops we are offering, please have a look at our Professional Development Workshop webpages. Booking has never been simpler – you can now book via the website using our new online booking form, saving you time and money.
We are running the following workshops from January to March 09:
If any of these workshops would help with your Continuing Professional Development, please access the links below for further information and our online Booking Form. Alternatively, call our Corporate Events Team on 0845 213 5116 where someone will be happy to help.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you.
As you may be aware, we have produced pilot Course Reports in eight subjects: English, Mathematics, Hospitality, Graphic Communication, Physical Education, Drama, Music and French.
We would like to evaluate these reports and would be grateful if you have responsibility for these subjects, to complete this very short survey, which should take no more than five minutes. The findings of this research will help us to evaluate the usefulness of Course Reports, and how, if we continue to produce them, they can be improved.
We would be grateful if respondents could complete the questionnaire by Thursday 15 January 2009.
I'd like to thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me on the number below if you have any queries or difficulties.
The annual HN Conference – Prepared for the Future – was held on Wednesday 19 November in Glasgow with representation from colleges, universities, Sector Skills Councils, Scottish Government, HMIe, Scotland’s Colleges, HN Key Partners Group, Scottish Funding Council, and other key stakeholders. The conference marked the successful completion of the HN Modernisation Project, which recently won the Partnership and Collaboration award category of the Scottish finals of the National Training Awards, and looked forward to continued partnership between ourselves and the sector.
Speakers from SQA, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council, and the university sector, presented views on the future of HNC/HNDs within the lifelong learning landscape. There were also demonstrations, presentations and performances from students in a range of HN areas such as science, music, media, jewellery, hairdressing and beauty, and complementary therapies.
Along with our partners, Scotland’s Colleges, SFEU and COLEG we attended the NTA UK Finals in London on 11 December. We had already won the Scottish Partnership Award and were in the final for the UK Winner of the Year Award in the Partnership category for our work to modernise HN qualifications. Unfortunately we lost out to Yorkshire and the Humber, but it was a fantastic achievement to be one of only 50 finalists from across the UK invited to compete at the UK Winners’ Gala Ceremony. We were presented with a plaque to commemorate our exceptional achievement, determination and success.
This is fantastic recognition for our work and thanks go to all staff in all the organisations involved who have worked on the HN modernisation project – well done!
The second of our art exhibitions showcasing the creative talent of Scotland's brightest young artists opened recently at the iconic People’s Palace on Glasgow Green. The exhibition features works of art submitted by Art and Design candidates during this year’s exams for Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Higher. As well as paintings, exhibits will also include sculpture, design, ceramics, fashion and jewellery. This will be the first time that this venue has been used to display works of art by SQA candidates. The exhibition runs until Friday 16 January 2009.
Dr Janet Brown, our Chief Executive, commented, 'The works of art that have been selected are not being displayed simply because they were awarded top marks but because they show the quality, depth and the breathtaking imagination and creativity of Scotland’s young artists. Of course we would like to have included many more but those on display show the quite exceptional levels of work being produced by students, with support from their teachers, the length and breadth of Scotland. We thank them all for their hard work over the past year.'
Minister for Schools and Skills, Maureen Watt MSP, who officially opened the exhibition at a VIP event for the young artists, their families and teachers, said, 'By showcasing this artwork, SQA is demonstrating the high standards required to achieve top marks in art and design courses in Scotland, and is also helping to provide inspiration to future artists. I congratulate the young people involved and would also like to pay tribute to the support they receive from their schools, teachers and parents who must be very proud.'
A framed print from the exhibition was presented to the Minister by its artist, Sara Kelly, from St Benedict’s High School in Renfrewshire.
Local firm Barr Soft Drinks supported the event and Chairman Robin Barr was presented with a framed print from the exhibition by its artist, Angela Kirkwood, from Dunoon Grammar School.
Robin said: 'I am delighted to receive Angela's excellent painting on behalf of A.G.Barr and I am very much looking forward to seeing the other exhibits on display which showcases the exceptional talents of Scotland's young people.'
Bailie Liz Cameron, Chair of Culture and Sport Glasgow said: 'This exhibition clearly shows off the depth of young artistic talent in Scotland. I'm sure in years to come we will be enjoying works from a number of these artists at museums and galleries across the country. People from all over Glasgow and beyond will want to come to the People's Palace to see these excellent works.'
We are delighted to announce the approval of the new Management Professional Development Award (PDA) at SCQF level 6. The award will be jointly certificated by SQA and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The award is made up of two Units which cover managing self and resources and working in a team.
Following on from this we are now considering the development of a range of small 'bite sized' Management PDAs at SCQF levels 7, 8 and 9. It is likely that these will also be jointly certificated by CMI and ourselves. If you would like to be involved in this consultation please contact Elaine Snell
We are delighted to announce that we are providing the opportunity for candidates to undertake the following Standard Grade examinations in the medium of Gaelic in
Please send our Qualifications Coordinator, Marilyn Waters (0845 213 5518) the full names, dates of birth, Scottish Candidate Numbers and presentation levels of all candidates for each of the above Courses you wish to be assessed in the medium of Gaelic by Friday 9 January 2009.
Please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn should you require further information on this provision.
We are delighted to announce the most up to date guidance for disabled candidates is on our newly revamped web pages (www.sqa.org.uk/assessmentarrangements). You can also find our December 2008 update letter which includes information on:
Statistics on assessment arrangements for 2008
Digital Question Papers
The 2007 and 2008 Quality Assurance Exercises.
This year we have also reviewed the requests for specific assessment arrangements, including “transcription with correction in English”. To ensure that transcription with correction is only used where there is robust evidence of need and where SQA’s quality assurance requirements are being met, we will be contacting all centres who request this arrangement in the 2009 diet of examination seeking confirmation of the candidate’s substantial difficulties and need for transcription with correction.
This year we also reviewed requests for Adapted Question Papers. The published deadline date for requesting adapted papers is 31 January but a significant number of requests were received after this date in 2008 (in fact a total of 807 requests, 29% of the total number of adapted papers requests were received after the deadline date). As you can appreciate it is extremely important that we receive requests for adapted QPs on time. In order to minimise any risks, it is intended that from 2009, SQA will contact all centres making late requests (which have resulted in significant work for SQA) to discuss the situation and to agree on solutions for the future.
Amanda Gillooly of Eastwood High School recently received an award from Quality Meat Scotland for being the highest scoring Higher Home Economics: Health and Food Technology candidate in the 2008 diet. Amanda received £250 and her school received a £250 meat voucher to allow the Home Economics department to purchase Scotch Beef, Lamb, and Pork for use in Home Economics and Hospitality classes. Amanda is now studying Psychology at Strathclyde University.
Congratulations to Amanda.
The Fight Cervical Cancer website contains everything you need to know about the new HPV vaccine for girls which will help reduce their risk of cervical cancer.
The HPV vaccine is now being offered to eligible girls throughout Scotland - find out if you are eligible
Find out more about HPV and cervical cancer and obtain leaflets on the HPV Immunisation Programme. The website also includes personal stories from parents and girls of their experiences of the vaccine and the impact of cervical cancer on their lives.
The videos on the website can also be viewed on the campaign's YouTube channel.