As a Coder you will code pupils’ work in line with coding frames and in accordance with SQA policy and procedures.

Your primary role is to ensure consistent application of coding frames when coding pupil responses.

These activities will be under the direction of the Lead Coder and staff from SQA and the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) as appropriate at a central coding event.

Outline of Duties

  • Attend Coder briefing and training events.
  • Successfully complete training and practice activities.
  • Code to standard in accordance with specified procedures and timescales.
  • Complete coding duties in line with coding frame and General Handbook for Coders.
  • Assist the Lead Coder with re-coding and Quality Assurance processes if required.
  • Submit a coder report to SQA.
  • Support SQA and STA with continuous improvement developments.

Coder Training

Coders will receive training and support on the coding process before approved to code.

Training will take place on day one of the central coding event and will include written guidance, face–to-face training sessions and ongoing support from the Lead Coder.

Coders will demonstrate their ability to code accurately and consistently by coding practice scripts. The accuracy of their coding will be checked against the agreed quality standard. After being approved to code, coding accuracy will be assessed throughout the coding period to check coders are coding to the agreed standard. A minimum of one in five scripts will be coder checked by the Lead Coder.

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants must:

  • Be available for all central coding dates specified.
  • Have a minimum of 1 year’s teaching experience at key stage 1, 2 or 3.
  • Have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Be able to work professionally and co-operatively with other coders, SQA staff and STA.
  • Be able to take direction from others ie STA, SQA Staff, Lead Coders.
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills with an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Be accountable for the secure materials they handle during the process by adhering to confidentiality agreement, terms and conditions and advice from STA and SQA Staff.
  • Have confidence in their subject knowledge and open minded approach.
  • Have a secure personal device with Broadband internet connection and a private email address.

Coders can be:

  • Currently teaching (including on maternity / paternity leave)
  • Recently retired from teaching
  • A former teacher now working in another field
  • Supply or part-time teachers

Coder Performance

Each year, on completion of the duties outlined in the Coder role profile, the Coder will be assessed against the following key performance measures and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance.

Key performance measures (KPMs) for Coders

  • KPM 1 – Accurately code an agreed allocation in line with the coding frame quality standards and procedures outlined in the General Handbook for Coders.
  • KPM 2 - Return coded scripts and complete administrative tasks in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.
  • KPM 3 - Submit an accurate Coder Report in line with SQA requirements.
  • KPM 4 - Demonstrate behaviour’s which support SQA and STA’s values as outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Appointment.

Process for assessing Coder performance

The assessment will be carried out by the Coder’s Lead Coder within the coding team hierarchy who will provide support and sample their coding. Each Coder will be provided with performance feedback based on their KPMs:

  • A grade - fully met their KPMs (work is entirely acceptable)
  • B grade - partially met their KPMs (work is partially acceptable)
  • C grade - did not meet their KPMs (work is unacceptable)

For any Coders who have partially met or not met their KPMs: ‘B’ and ‘C’, a ‘Coder Performance Feedback Form’ will be completed by the Lead Coder indicating clearly which KPMs were not met.

A copy of this form will be issued to all ‘B’ and ‘C’ Coders along with their KPM letter.

Dates and Payment Details

Central Coding Subjects Central Coding Dates
English grammar, punctuation and spelling 21 August – 24 August 2017 (4 days)
English reading and science 21 August - 25 August 2017 (5 days)
Central Coding Payment
Daily attendance fee (full day/half day) £150/£75