SQA GamesSpace


2011 BETT Awards Winner

BETT 2011 Winner

We are delighted to announce that SQA and LearnTPM Ltd have won the ICT Education Partnership Award at the prestigious Link opens in new window2011 BETT Awards. The award was won for the development and delivery of GamesSpace, our Link opens in new windowEuropean Social Fund (ESF) supported games based assessment platform for young people on our Skills for Work courses in Retailing, Health Sector, Energy and Uniformed and Emergency Services.

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The annual BETT Awards represent a partnership between BESA, the trade association representing the educational supply industry and Emap Connect, the organisers of BETT Ė the largest educational technology show in the world. The awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources and learning solutions. The judges, who are all educational professionals, focus on what works in the classroom or school in terms of design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order thinking skills and effective learning and teaching styles.

For more information visit the BETT website: Link opens in new windowhttp://www.bettawards.com/

SQA win at European Structural Funds Best Practice Awards.For more information click here.

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SQA is now offering Games Based Assessment from August 2009 in selected Skills for Work Courses, with more to follow in coming years. This assessment allows candidates to enter a simulated workplace environment and perform simulated tasks to demonstrate key competencies required. Feedback on the system has been very positive.

Quote from Skills for Work tutor

The game is really good for pupils, they enjoy it thoroughly. It taps into their interest in games. Itís also enjoyable for myself as a teacher. It enables me to use different methods with the pupils to teach them employability skills.

Training and Support

sfw-image2.jpgTraining in how to use the system and its features is built into the SQA GamesSpace system, where a short tutorial ensures that you are familiar with the interface before proceeding to the test.

Materials Available

GamesSpace is now available in Retail Int 2 and Health Sector Int 1. See 'How to sign up' for further details on access.

Please note that for the academic year 2010/11 the games are only available as a pilot version and should be used as a supplement to the NAB, rather than a replacement at this stage.

SQA will continue to carry out testing and comparisons in results during this time to ensure the games based approach remains valid and reliable.

Phase 2 of GamesSpace is also nearing completion and will include: Uniformed and Emergency Services, Energy, and Health Sector Int 2. These will be available online via a Moodle installation - more details to follow soon.

Quote from Skills for Work candidate

I like itÖ itís a lot better than doing a written exam. You donít feel as pressurised.

GamesSpace selected units in the following Skills for Work courses:


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