Understanding Standards

SQA's Understanding Standards programme aims to support teachers and lecturers by strengthening their understanding of the standards required for assessment in National Qualifications. We deliver a range of subject-specific events, webinars and support materials to help to build confidence in preparing learners for assessment. The type of support we provide is tailored to each subject and takes into account any feedback we have received from teachers and lecturers.

2018-19 Understanding Standards programme

Correction notice: the additional Design and Manufacture events taking place in Edinburgh on 29 September and Glasgow on 9 October will cover the National 5 course only.

Higher course events - changes to assessment from session 2018-19

From September 2018 until January 2019, we are running a programme of events for Higher courses with new or significantly revised course assessment components. Delegates will take part in workshops, where they will have the opportunity to review and discuss the revised course documents with colleagues. They will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by senior examining team members.

Higher webinars - changes to assessment from session 2018-19

We are holding online webinar sessions for a number of Higher courses, to help teachers and lecturers develop their understanding of the revised course assessments. For those unable to secure a place, we will publish recordings of the webinars within six weeks of the webinar date. 

Understanding Standards events

We are running a programme of events that focus on course assessment at National 5. The programme also includes an event for Advanced Higher ESOL. Delegates will take part in workshops, where they will have the opportunity to review and discuss candidate evidence with colleagues.

Higher audio presentations 

We are producing subject-specific PowerPoint presentations with an audio narration that provides guidance on the changes to assessment in Higher courses. These presentations will be available from our Higher subject pages.

Candidate evidence and commentary materials

We are continuing to publish examples of candidate assessment evidence with a written commentary that explains why the evidence has or has not met the required assessment standards.

Available Understanding Standards materials

Understanding Standards audio presentations

View available audio presentations.

CPD Webinars

View available webinar recordings.