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Co-ordinator Update 28 February 2022

Invigilation 2022 - guidance for centres

It is important that you are prepared to work with your invigilation team and that you are aware of the following key areas:

Chief Invigilator role

All centres should nominate a Chief Invigilator and a Depute Chief Invigilator. The Depute Chief Invigilator must be prepared to cover the Chief Invigilator duties in the absence of the Chief Invigilator.

Plan your invigilator requirements

The ratio of invigilators to candidates for the 2022 examinations is one invigilator to 35 candidates (or part thereof). As part of this process, you should also consider and plan for all separate accommodation requirements and ensure that there is sufficient cover for candidates requiring alternative arrangements within the invigilation team. For 2022 you should nominate additional invigilators to ensure adequate cover for any shortfall of invigilators during the exams.

Please ensure that your nominations:

Guidance on appointing former centre staff as invigilators

Former centre staff may be considered for any invigilation role, but there are restrictions on how ex-staff can be used if fewer than three years have elapsed since they were employed by the centre.

Exceptional contingency

Current centre staff, local authority employees or any person associated with the centre can only invigilate as an exceptional contingency arrangement. If you have a shortfall of invigilators due to late call-offs, current centre staff or local authority employees, exceptionally, can be used. Parents cannot be used as a contingency. You do not need prior approval from SQA for this, but you should notify SQA that you have invoked this contingency by contacting invigilation@sqa.org.uk as soon as possible. Temporary invigilators used as contingency must not invigilate on a one-to-one basis for any exam and must not invigilate exams at all for the subjects they currently teach or have taught within the last three years. In addition, they should not package scripts if unsupervised. For contingency purposes, it is advisable to arrange for a small number of current staff, or people associated with your centre, to participate in invigilator training so they can step in at short notice should this situation arise.

Any other exceptions to these requirements must be approved in advance by SQA at invigilation@sqa.org.uk.