NQ Understanding Standards

Our Understanding Standards programme supports teachers and lecturers by developing their understanding of the national standards required for assessment. It aims to build their confidence in preparing and assessing learners in National courses and units, and includes:

Events and webinars 2016-17

Visit our NQ events page to find out more about our programme of Understanding Standards course events and subject-specific CPD webinars.

CPD training requests

We offer free CPD training for teachers and lecturers where particular areas of concern are identified which are not already addressed by the Understanding Standards programme. CPD requests should be completed by the requesting local authority, independent school or college using our online form. Find out more about our CPD support.

Available Understanding Standards materials

Materials from Understanding Standards events

Access the agendas, presentations and workshop tasks.

Candidate evidence and commentaries 

Candidate evidence and commentaries contain real examples of candidate assessment evidence, with a commentary that explains why the evidence has or has not been awarded specific marks.

You can access candidate evidence and commentaries from the following locations:

SQA secure website

  • unit assessment
  • internally assessed components of course assessment
  • components of course assessment which are subject to visiting verification

Understanding Standards website (www.understandingstandards.org.uk)

  • externally assessed components of course assessment. 

CPD training materials and webinar recordings

We will publish CPD training materials and/or webinars where appropriate, after each event or webinar has taken place. 

View available CPD webinars and training materials.

Understanding Standards audio presentations

We are developing audio presentations that give a detailed overview of the standards and assessments for each suite of National Qualifications. These are being published on an adhoc basis.

View available audio presentations.