Principal Assessor

A Principal Assessor is responsible for ensuring all duties and tasks associated with externally set/assessed Course assessments are undertaken within the conditions, timeframes and arrangements set by SQA. 

Their primary role is to lead, support and work (as appropriate to subject and level) with teams of SQA appointees, including interaction with different groups to ensure consistent application of national standards and to ensure the subject specific integrity of their teams' decision-making in relation to the externally set/assessed Course assessment arrangements.

These activities will be under the direction of staff from SQA's Qualification Development and Operations business directorates as appropriate. There may be a requirement to undertake duties during weekends and holiday periods.

Outline of duties

*     Note: Post-examination procedures will run between the months of April and July each year.  The assessment appeals process will run between the months of August and November each year. 
**   Note: These duties may be delegated to the Item Bank Leader where this role exists within a team.

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

Key Performance Measures for Principal Assessors

On completion of the duties outlined in the Principal Assessor contract specification, the Principal Assessor will be measured against the Key Performance Measures and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance. Key Performance Measures will fall into four areas: Question/Item and Course assessment production, Quality assurance procedures, Appeals and Generic measures.

Question/Item and Course assessment production

Quality assurance procedures

Results Service

Generic measures

**    Note: These Key Performance Measures will apply when the Item Bank Leader role exists within the team.