14 March 2008
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We have now compiled our new programme of Professional Development Workshops from April 08 to March 09. We will be running the following workshops in March, April and May:
Introduction to V1 (Internal verifier) - Tues 25 March - Glasgow
Delivery and Assessment of the Refreshed PC Passport and Internet Safety Qualification for Schools and Colleges - Monday 28 April - Dalkeith
Managing an SVQ Programme - Monday 12 May - Glasgow
Making Verification Work for You (Employer and Training Providers) - Tuesday 13 May - Glasgow
Delivery and Assessment of the Refreshed PC Passport and Internet Safety Qualification for Schools and Colleges - Monday 19 May - Glasgow
Meeting the Requirements of A1 (Assessor) - Thursday 22 May - Glasgow
SCQF Credit Rating - Thursday 29 May - Glasgow
For more information call our Customer Contact Centre on 0845 279 1000.
Vacancies have arisen for the following positions:
The Principal Assessor ensures that all duties and tasks associated with National Qualifications external assessment arrangements are undertaken in accordance with the Conditions and Arrangements set by us. In close co-operation with the Qualifications Manager and Assessment Logistics team, they guarantee the maintenance of credible and reliable national standards and advise on the strategic development of the subject area in relation to external assessment.
How to Apply
Principal Assessor for Standard Grade Graphic Communication
A total of seven days release from centres is required throughout the year, with a further seven days of your own time.
Download the application pack
or contact Derek Middleton
on 0845 213 5479.
Applications should be submitted by Friday 21 March 2008.
A total of eight days release from your centre will be required throughout the year, with a further ten days of your own time
Download the application pack
or contact Elaine Riley
on 0845 213 5508.
Applications should be submitted by Monday 17 March
The deadline for submitting your consultation questionnaires is Friday 21 March 2008.
The HN Modernisation Project is an ambitious five year project to modernise HNC/Ds, including their component Units. The project is now in its final year and is on target to complete in December 2008. The HN Key Partners’ Group (HNKPG) has drawn up a proposal for an exit strategy and wishes to consult with you.
The Innovative Teacher Virtual Classroom Tour (VCT) resources have been attracting significant interest and some very positive feedback from teachers. There are over 60 VCT’s available to download FREE and we welcome contributions from teachers.
Users have been asked to provide feedback on the resources and in February Govan High School was awarded a £200 prize. This was shared between teachers: Susan McAuley, Andy Masterson, V McMahon, Ian McCracken and Murdo MacDonald. Congratulations to them all.
Visit the site with your feedback and you could win a prize in March, April, May or June.
We have recently updated our Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) webpages. These now include:
The Becta ICT Excellence Awards aims to identify and reward schools throughout the UK who approach ICT in outstanding or innovative ways, benefiting their whole community both inside and outside the school building.
The awards recognise whole-school best practice, and while they reward the school as a whole, there is a focus on those individuals leading change in the school and making an impact across it.
This year there will be eight national awards, across five categories, with winners receiving a cash prize to spend on ICT equipment, provision or training. Primary and Secondary schools can enter the following categories:
The Best Whole School award will be judged and awarded regionally, with categories for early years, primary, secondary schools, with one national winner to be announced at the ceremony
The Support for Schools category will reward those organisations supporting schools in their use of ICT.
The final deadline for entries is Wednesday 30 April 2008. Schools and organisations that are short listed for an ICT Excellence Award will be visited by judges and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.
We are introducing a new course at Intermediate Level 1 which contains four Units all set in the context of working in the uniformed and emergency services. The course will include:
Skills for Work will launch the course at an event on Thursday 24 April in Glasgow.
The day will focus on:
Centres will be sent an invitation and we would ask you to complete and return these to our Corporate Events Team by Friday 28 March. Centres are invited to nominate one member of staff to attend.
Please get in touch with Keith Wright on 0845 213 5501 if you require any further information.
We have recently updated the Professional Cookery: Graded Unit 1 Assessment Exemplar. We are pleased to advise that this is now in the final stages of production and is available to download from the secure area of our website.
We understand that some centres have been unable to wait for the updated version, so for this session you can use either the old or the new version.
External Verifiers are aware of this situation and will bear it in mind when arranging visits to centres selected for verification.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Mc Evoy on 0845 213 5462
The deadlines for submission of estimates/assessments are as follows:
Thursday 27 March 2008 – Standard Grade
Friday 11 April 2008 – National Courses
Thursday 24 April 2008
Every effort should be made to meet these dates, although we appreciate that in certain circumstances this may be problematic. We can reassure you that we will endeavour to cater for such cases and will continue to accept estimates electronically until Saturday 31 May. However, the bulk of your estimates should be submitted to us by the published dates. This allows us to make best use of all resources and deal appropriately with the truly exceptional cases.
After Saturday 31 May, no electronic submissions will be processed. However, in an event that a submission has to be made, it must be done on paper and accompanied by a letter from the Head of Centre, explaining the extenuating circumstances.
Thank you for your support and best wishes for the forthcoming diet of examinations.
We will be hosting a launch event to present new NQ Units and Courses in Cantonese and Mandarin. This event will offer an opportunity for teachers, lecturers and the wider community to familiarise themselves with the Units and Courses at Intermediate 1 and 2 levels. The Units and Courses will be introduced in session 2008-09, with first certification in 2009. They will be available in both Mandarin-Simplified and Mandarin-Traditional.
Date: Thursday 8 May 2008
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm approx
The event will include a variety of presentations and workshop sessions and will provide the opportunity for delegates to:
We'll send letters of invitation and booking forms will be sent to centres at the end of March. Details and booking forms will also be available at the end of March on the NQ Cantonese and Mandarin pages of our website.
If you have any enquiries about these new Units and Courses in the meantime, please contact: Jim McDonald, Qualifications Manager on 0845 213 5515
We will be hosting a launch event for our new free-standing Access 3 and Intermediate 1 Units: Modern Languages for Work Purposes.
These Units, due to be introduced in session 2008/09, can be used to integrate the study and use of modern foreign languages into a vocational setting, or can be delivered as stand-alone Units. They can promote horizontal progression across two or more languages at the same level, or vertical progression through the levels. The Units will be offered in Cantonese, French, Gaelic (Learners), German, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. Intermediate 2 and Higher Units will be available in 2009.
Date: Thursday 1 May 2008
Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm approx
The event will include presentations and workshop sessions and will provide the opportunity for delegates to:
We'll send letters of invitation and booking forms will be sent to centres at the end of March. Details and booking forms will also be available at the end of March on the NQ Modern Languages pages of our website.
If you have any enquiries about these new Units, please contact Jim McDonald, Qualifications Manager on 0845 213 5515
After our very successful inaugural star awards last year, we are delighted to announce that the 2008 event will be held on the evening of Friday 10 October 2008 in Glasgow. The ceremony will be hosted once again by Kaye Adams.
The star awards are a unique way to celebrate the success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in Scottish education and training. We will shortly be inviting nominations......so start thinking now about nominating your stars.
We will let you all know when the nomination process begins and details of the award categories, guidance on nominating, the awards timetable and nomination forms will be available on our website.
Do you have a group of talented students who are keen to perform? We want to hear from you.
Our star awards are a truly glittering and unforgettable occasion that celebrate the success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in Scottish education and training. Each year, we have a selection of performances through the evening that help to make it all the more special. Last year we were entertained by two dance groups and a traditional band.
We are looking for entertainment acts for this year's ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Friday 10 October in Glasgow.
If you are interested in auditioning for us, please e-mail our Events Team.
As part of our commitment to working with teachers, lecturers and partners to enhance the understanding of standards, we recently hosted events for key teaching staff.
These events provided the opportunity for staff involved in teaching National Courses eg Depute Headteachers or Principal Teachers to consider:
We have also hosted events for key staff involved in teaching Higher English.
These provided opportunities to:
The events were very well received by all who attended. Comments included:
'Good insight into difficulties faced by those assessing appeals.'
'Excellent - now have a much clearer idea of what constitutes evidence.......lots to think about and act on.'
In line with our commitment to improving the service and information we provide to customers and stakeholders and our commitment to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment, we have decided to improve the way we publish the NQ Catalogue information on our website. It means that you will be able to search for and find information more easily. We will be updating this information regularly, so that you will be able to access the most up-to-date information on National Qualifications in a single location, at any time. We have used this method of publishing information for Higher National Qualifications for several years and feedback shows high levels of customer satisfaction. Information about National Qualifications will include listings of:
We'll no longer publish paper copies of the NQ Catalogue - they are quickly outdated with new and revised qualifications being made available during the year. We plan to launch this new online version of the NQ Catalogue in April.
We are also working on a more user-friendly version of Conditions and Arrangements for National Qualifications. Again it will be web-based and not published on paper, and will allow you to easily select information to suit your needs. We plan to launch this before the end of the summer term.
All centres should by now have received their Folios for Personal and Social Education and also Personal Statements. If your centre is offering Personal and Social Education and hasn't received the Folios and Personal Statements please contact Tahir Mohammed, Qualifications Officer on 0845 213 5499.
Enquiries concerning copies of National Assessment Bank (NAB) materials and other publications should be directed to the Customer Contact Centre on 0845 279 1000.
We'd like to thank those of you who have already submitted your requests for assessment arrangements for the 2008 diet of examinations. However, if you have not already done so, please submit your requests as soon as possible in order to allow us time to process them and to make the appropriate arrangements. In particular, details of any further requests for adapted question papers and digital question papers must now be provided as a matter of urgency as the deadline date for the submission of these requests was 31 January 2008.
The Assessment Arrangements Request (AAR) system was set up for the 2007 diet to allow you to submit requests electronically. We've enhanced the system in light of your comments and feedback, and we hope that you have found the system improved and easier to use.
To assist in determining any required future developments, we would appreciate it if someone from your centre (ideally the person who normally uses the AAR system) could take a few minutes to tell us about their experience of using AAR for the 2008 diet by completing this online questionnaire.
We value your contribution and thank you in advance for your feedback. Please note the closing date for questionnaires is Friday 21 March 2008.
If you have any queries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Assessment Arrangements team 0131-561 6890.
The highly successful Sport4Life Business Enterprise game was recently a short-listed finalist for a prestigious BETT award. The awards, which are made by a partnership between Emap Education, Becta and the British Educational Suppliers Association, reward vibrant products that support innovation and personalise learning.
Sport4life.biz is a business game based on how to successfully run a 'virtual' sports store and aims to teach business and enterprise skills. It is a unique partnership between SQA and Microsoft. Over 22,000 pupils have already signed up for this exciting game, and an amazing 82,000 games have been played since last May. We run regular competitions, and prizes are awarded in a number of categories including the top Male and Female scores over the period.
Winners from Falkirk High School were:
From Notre Dame High School there were four prize winners:
Other prizes were awarded to pupils from:
Drummond Community High school, who won the school prize of £200 of gift vouchers for the school, will also be at a Scottish Parliamentary reception at Holyrood on Wednesday 23 April.