STA Marker

As a Marker you will mark pupils’ work in line with marking/coding frames and in accordance with SQA and STA policy and procedures.

Your primary role is to ensure the consistent application of coding frames when marking pupil responses.

These activities will take place at a Central Marking event under the direction of the Lead Marker and/or Deputy Lead Marker, and staff from SQA and STA as appropriate.

Outline of duties

  • Attend Marker briefing and training.
  • Successfully complete standardisation.
  • Mark to standard in accordance with specified procedures and timescales.
  • Complete marking duties in line with General Handbook for Markers.
  • Submit a Marker Report.

Marker training and standardisation

Marker training and standardisation will take place on the first day of the Central Marking event and will include written guidance, face-to-face training sessions and ongoing support from the Lead and/or Deputy Lead Marker.

You will first be asked to mark a set of training scripts to demonstrate your ability to code accurately and consistently. You will then mark five sets of standardisation scripts. The accuracy of your coding will be checked against the agreed quality standard.

After being approved to mark, your coding accuracy will be assessed throughout the marking period to check that you are still coding to the agreed standard. One in five of the scripts that you mark will be checked by the Lead or Deputy Lead Marker.

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

  • have a minimum of 1 year teaching experience
  • have completed marking/coding (to the required quality standard) in the current or most recent live test marking cycle for the relevant subject, for example KS1/KS2 IVT, TPT or live tests
  • be able to work professionally and co-operatively with other Markers, SQA and STA staff
  • be able to take direction from others i.e. STA TDRs, SQA staff, Leads and Deputy Lead Markers
  • be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills with an ability to meet deadlines
  • being accountable for the secure materials they handle during the process, by adhering to confidentiality agreement and advice from STA TDRs and SQA staff
  • have a home computer or laptop with a broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address

Note: Markers can be:

  • currently teaching
  • recently retired from teaching
  • a former teacher now working in another field
  • on maternity/paternity leave

Marker key performance measures (KPMs)

On completion of the duties outlined in the Marker role profile, your work will be measured against the following key performance measures (KPMs) and you will be informed of the outcome in relation to your performance:

  • Mark an agreed allocation in line with the coding frame quality standards and procedures outlined in the General Handbook for Markers.
  • Return marked scripts and complete administrative tasks in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.
  • Submit a Marker Report on completion of your marking allocation, providing feedback on item performance.
  • Demonstrate behaviours which support SQA and STA’s values as outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Appointment.

Employer’s release

If you are currently teaching you will need to seek formal release from your school. Your school will be compensated for the days you are not in school. Please complete the KS1 Release Request Form and upload it with your completed application.

Central Marking will take place at Warwick University:

Subject Dates (inclusive) Payment
English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics 24 June – 27 June 2016 £150 per day
English reading 24 June – 28 June 2016 £150 per day