Item Writer/Expert Reviewer English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS)

SQA is recruiting specialists with expertise in developing Items for English grammar, punctuation and spelling to join our pool of Appointees for ad hoc contracts.

The key stage 1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test forms part of the statutory assessment arrangements for pupils at the end of key stage 1. The tests are designed to enable pupils to demonstrate their attainment

The role involves working as part of a team co-ordinated by an Education Consultant and Quality Consultant, as well as other Item Writers to carry out peer reviews.

If successful, you would be included on our database of Appointees. Where your skills match our requirements for a contract, we would ask whether you were interested / available for the work packages to be completed.

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must have expertise in the development of items for English grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as one or more of the following areas:

  • Be able to communicate and engage professionally, confidently and effectively with other appointees and SQA staff.
  • Be able to demonstrate good forward planning and time management skills and adhere to deadlines.
  • Have a home computer or laptop with broadband internet connection and a private e- mail address. Please note that we use a software package for the secure exchange of items and supporting documentation, which requires Microsoft Windows to operate

There may be a requirement to undertake duties during weekends and holiday periods.

A more detailed Outline of Duties can be found at

If you wish to discuss this opportunity, or require further information, please email us at