SQA professional learning programme is accredited by GTCS

SQA has had its Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) Support Assessor Programme accredited with the award of Professional Recognition by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

This year, around 100 teachers will be awarded with the Professional Recognition in Assessment, acknowledging the professional learning they have completed while undertaking their important role in conducting the SSLN on behalf of SQA and the Scottish Government.

The programme was designed to dovetail with the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning; teachers can link it to their Professional Review and Development processes which in turn, feed into Professional Update.

Martyn Ware, Head of Assessment Development and Delivery at SQA, said: “Just as we seek to enhance young people’s prospects with our courses and awards, we also want to make sure teachers have similar opportunities to boost their professional learning through their work with us. 

"The accreditation of the Professional Recognition in Assessment is a significant achievement for SQA in this respect. We look forward to building on this milestone with GTCS to recognise a wider range of the skills teachers develop whilst working at a national level with SQA.”

GTCS Director of Education and Professional Learning, Tom Hamilton said: “We are pleased to accredit SQA which is doing excellent work through its Assessor Programme.

“Professional Recognition exists to support teachers’ professional learning and take up is increasing as teachers understand the benefits it can bring not just to their practice but to the learning experience of the children and young people they teach. To date we have accredited 14 programmes and 1,199 individuals have achieved Professional Recognition.

“We look forward to continuing to working with SQA as this programme develops in the future.”