Conference Report 2008

The NQGA Conference 2008 was held on Friday 25 January at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.  The following information makes up the report for the event.

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Contents

Introduction
SQA and the NQGA Key Partners? Group were delighted to host the second annual NQGA conference which was held on Friday 25 January 2008 at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.

Speeches

Welcome and NQGA Development Programme

Gill Stewart, Depute Director, SQA reported on the NQGA Development Programme and gave details of future plans for NQGA developments.

Towards skilling, upskilling and reskilling

Jacqui Hepburn, Partnership Manager, Sector Skills Development Agency gave an overview of how the SSDA works in partnership with SQA to ensure that qualifications are relevant to Scotland?s needs.

Sessions

Session 1 - How can we support, develop and share Core Skills and other transferable skills with students?
This workshop explored how Core Skills and other transferable skills can be supported, developed and shared with students

Session 2 - Qualifications for the Future: Curriculum for Excellence Update
This session provided delegates with an update on Curriculum for Excellence and opportunities to discuss the principles and aims of Curriculum for Excellence

Session 3 - National Certificate in Digital Media Computing - The Story so far
The focus of this seminar was to provide delegates with information on the new qualifications in this area.

Session 4 - Collaborative Approaches to Developing Assessment and Support Materials for NQGAs
This seminar provided delegates with information on how a partnership between SQA, SFEU and COLEG is working together to produce assessment and support materials for NQGAs.

Session 5 - Learning Together: Partnerships in Practice
The aim of this seminar was to demonstrate the commitment to Learning Together at Dumfries and Galloway College.

Session 6 - School/College/Employer Collaboration
The aim of this seminar was to showcase how Angus College?s partnership working is making a difference to all those involved.

Session 7 - Professional Development for Staff Delivering NQGAs
This participative workshop focused on the flexible nature of NQGAs which allows for creative curriculum planning.

Plenary presentation

Plenary session - Brian Lister, Chair of National Qualification Group Awards Key Partners? Group and Chief Executive of SFEU drew the Conference to a close with a plenary session.