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SQA News 7 January 2021

NQ subject resources — Understanding Standards materials

Since 2014, SQA's Understanding Standards programme has been providing support to teachers and lecturers across Scotland by helping them strengthen their understanding of the standards required for assessment in National Qualifications. This material can also be used by Communities of Practice as a focus for professional dialogue in relation to national qualifications and their assessment.

We have a wide range of free, subject-specific, materials that can help you when assessing your candidates. These materials explain the standards and requirements for each assessment and include examples of work completed by candidates. We regularly review and update our existing materials, to ensure they remain relevant and useful, and we continue to publish new materials where needed.

Available materials

All this material remains relevant for session 2020-21 and will be particularly useful when teachers or lecturers are assessing their own candidates in their centres.

You can access these resources from our Understanding Standards website and also through the NQ subject pages of our main website. Additional secure material for some courses is available from our secure website, which you can access through your SQA co-ordinator.

Additional materials for session 2020-21

While our existing Understanding Standards materials remain relevant for session 2020-21, we are supplementing this with additional material to support teachers and lecturers with the changes to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessment. So far, this has included:

Additional materials, along with new webinar sessions, will become available in the New Year. We will provide regular updates on any newly published materials and webinar sessions in SQA News.