STA Deputy Lead Marker

As a Deputy Lead Marker you are responsible for supporting the Lead Marker in all duties associated with the key stage 1 Technical Pre-test (TPT). This includes ensuring that all duties are carried out within the conditions, timeframes and arrangements set by STA and SQA.

Your primary role is to support the Lead Marker and Markers to ensure consistent application of the subject coding frames to guarantee the integrity of your team’s decision-making in relation to the KS1 TPT.

You will undertake these activities under the direction of the Lead Marker, STA and SQA as appropriate. There will be a requirement to undertake duties during weekends in your own time.

Outline of duties

Before Central Marking

  • Carry out preparation work for pre-marking meetings as set out in the Deputy Lead Markers’ contract and Handbook for Lead/Deputy Lead Markers.
  • Take direction from the Lead Marker and STA Test Development Researchers in regards to the pre-marking process.
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with the Lead Marker to ensure completion of pre-marking, and in developing a plan for marker training and for the marking period.
  • Attend and support pre-marking meetings.
  • Prepare Marker training and standardisation materials to deliver at the Central Marking event.

During Central Marking

  • Support the delivery of Marker training and the standardisation process.
  • Support the quality assurance process during Central Marking as outlined in the Handbook for Lead/Deputy Markers.
  • Support the exemplification process to support item and mark scheme development.
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with the Lead Marker in order to ensure all processes and procedures are adhered too, and feedback to STA as appropriate. Lead, support and quality-assure Markers during the Central Marking event.
  • Quality-assure Lead Marker’s marking.
  • Undertake the role of a Marker to mark any unmarked scripts or scripts that require to be re-marked.
  • Ensure all script queries are coded before leaving the Central Marking event.
  • Support the Lead Marker in being accountable for the safe and secure handling of materials at the event, making sure processes and procedures are followed correctly.

Completion of Central Marking

  • Attend a meeting with the STA TDR following marking to discuss mark schemes based on experience gained from the Central Marking event.
  • Undertake performance management reviews for Markers, against key performance measures.
  • Submit a Deputy Lead Marker Report.
  • Support the Lead Marker to compile the final Lead Marker Report.

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

  • have a minimum of 3 years 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
  • have experience in other key roles demonstrating competence within their subject and level(s)
  • be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and engage positively with all members of their team
  • be able to communicate confidently, effectively and professionally with their team’s STA and SQA staff both orally and in writing
  • be able to work co-operatively and professionally with other Markers, STA and SQA staff, taking and providing feedback as appropriate
  • be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills with an ability to meet deadlines
  • have a home computer or laptop with a broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address

Note: Deputy Lead Markers can be:

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

Deputy Lead Marker key performance measures (KPMs)

On completion of the duties outlined in the Deputy Lead Marker role profile, your work will be measured against the following key performance measures and you will be informed of the outcome in relation to your performance.

  • Successfully complete preparatory work for a pre-marking event.
  • Deliver Marker training and complete administrative tasks for standardisation for each test version assigned.
  • Ensure consistent quality assurance of Markers’ marking, providing verbal feedback to Markers.
  • Engage positively with all team members.
  • Complete all administrative tasks as outlined in the Handbook for Lead/Deputy Lead Markers.
  • Submit a Deputy Lead Marker Report to STA.
  • Satisfactorily fulfil the KPMs of the Marker role.

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.

As a Deputy Lead Marker you will be required to attend a Pre-marking event. This will take place at Warwick University:

Subject Dates (inclusive) Payment
English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics, English reading 3 May – 6 May 2016 £210 per day

Central Marking will also take place at Warwick University:

Subject Dates (inclusive) Payment
English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics 24 June – 27 June 2016 £210 per day
English reading 24 June – 28 June 2016 £210 per day

In addition to the above payment you will also receive the following payments if applicable:

  • Management responsibility fee £150 (one off payment).
  • Team responsibility fee £120 per day (if managing a team).