Depute Principal Assessor

A Depute Principal Assessor's primary role is to support the Principal Assessor who leads, supports and works (as appropriate to subject and level) with teams of SQA appointees. Interaction with different groups is vital 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

The Depute Principal Assessor (DPA) must be familiar with all aspects of the PA role and must be able to stand in as required in order to:

*     Note: Examination procedures will run between the months of April and July each year.  The results services process will run between the months of August and September 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 Depute Principal Assessors

On completion of the duties outlined in the DPA contract specification, the DPA will be measured against the Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance. KPMs will fall into four areas: Question/Item and Course assessment production, Quality Assurance procedures, Results Services and Generic measures.

Question/Item and Course assessment production

Quality assurance procedures

Results Services

Generic measures

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