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Co-ordinator Update 28 March 2022

Invigilator contingencies guidance reminder

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.

The ratio of Invigilators to candidates for the 2022 examinations will be 1 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 within the team there is sufficient cover for candidates requiring alternative arrangements. For 2022 exams, additional Invigilators should be nominated to ensure enough are available to cover any shortfalls due to unavailability of invigilators during the examinations.

When making nominations please ensure that the people nominated for the roles:

Additional guidance on appointing ex-centre staff as invigilators:

Ex-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 are not permitted to undertake invigilation activities except as an exceptional contingency arrangement. For 2022 exams if last minute call-offs mean there is a shortfall of appointed invigilators, current centre staff or Local Authority employees, exceptionally, can be used. Parents cannot be used as a contingency. No prior approval from SQA is required for this, but centres should notify SQA that they have invoked this contingency at 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. Nor should they package scripts if unsupervised. For contingency purposes, it is advisable that centres arrange for a small number of current staff, or people associated with the centre, to participate in invigilator training so they can step in should this situation arise.

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