Team Leader Visiting Verification

A Team Leader - Visiting Verification is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. They will ensure that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

The primary role is to support and quality assure the work of their team – Visiting Verifiers and quality assure their work for qualifications in the subject area(s) concerned, to ensure that national standards are being consistently applied and maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of the Principal Verifier and staff from SQA’s Operations and Qualifications Development directorates as appropriate.

Outline of duties

  • Attend appropriate training and standardisation event(s) as required
  • Support the quality assurance processes in accordance with SQA policy and specification
  • Provide leadership and support to a team of subject specialist involved in external quality assurance activities as required.
  • Monitor, support and quality assure the work of the team.
  • Quality assure reports for centres produced by the team.
  • Monitor, support and quality assure the work of allocated centres by undertaking visiting verification activities.
  • Write and submit quantative quality assurance reports on centre visits
  • Assist Assessment & Data Services staff with subject specific enquiries from centres, team members and SQA officers as required.
  • Assist SQA in the review of national consistency in relation to internal assessments
  • Support SQA's partnership agreement with local authorities/centres by assisting in the development and understanding of national standards in your centre/LA
  • Team Leaders may be asked to undertake additional activities which may include:
    • prior Verification
    • follow up quality assurance activity to resolve outstanding issues
    • participation in workshops/seminars/networking events
    • assisting in event verification activities

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

  • currently be delivering a Course in the subject area at one or more levels
  • have an in-depth understanding of the requirements across the course/levels in the subject area (which may include Higher and Advanced Higher where appropriate)
  • be able to communicate professionally, confidently and effectively; work professionally and co-operatively with stakeholders, subject specialists and SQA staff
  • have excellent organisational and administrative skills and provide attention to detail
  • have excellent organisational and administrative skills and provide attention to detail
  • have a home computer or laptop with broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address

Key Performance Measures - Team Leaders - Visiting Verification

Each year, on completion of the duties the Team Leader Visiting Verification will be given feedback on the following Key Performance Measures (KPMs) in relation to their performance.

  1. Complete training and standardisation programmes as required
  2. Support and monitor performance of Visiting Verifiers to meet SQA verification activity requirements.
  3. Carry out verification visits to SQA centres ensuring accurate and consistent decisions are made within conditions and timescales set by SQA.
  4. Assist the PV and STL in the training and development of team members.
  5. Ensure accuracy and consistency of decisions made by Visiting Verifiers.
  6. Ensure reports meet the required standard, within conditions and timescales set by SQA.
  7. Write and submit verification reports to meet the required standard, within conditions and timescales set by SQA
  8. Positively engagement with all SQA’s centre personnel and with members of SQA staff
  9. Demonstrate behaviours outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Appointment which support SQA’s values.