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2 Quality Assurance Models for New National Qualifications Report on Engagement

3 Design issues New qualifications – more skills based, greater personalisation, diversity of assessment approaches QA developments Self-evaluation frameworks Proportionality Involvement of stakeholders

4 Who Did We Involve In Engagement? Curricular Area Review Groups Local Authority Representatives College Quality Managers School Leaders Scotland Representatives ADES QuIN

5 What Did We Ask? Strengths and challenges of: –current external verification models –potential new QA models Viability of: –using a blend of models –a rolling programme of QA activity –basing activity on risk/identified needs

6 Models Discussed Current: –Prior verification –Central and postal verification –Visiting verification (including COVEs) Potential new: –Regional –Partnership

7 Feedback Need for robust QA for credibility – particular concerns around National 4 Assessment expertise of teachers Role of the NAR Resource issues - dual running and centre capacity High quality – and timely – feedback Avoid end-loading QA

8 Feedback (cont.) Culture change necessary Internal QA prerequisite SQA guardian of national standards Blended approach Risk - longer term development Differences in school/college perspectives, priorities and concerns Potential of IT solutions

9 Progress to Date and Next Steps

10 Key Messages from Engagement Need for robust QA – credibility Approaches need to be developmental – CPD Approaches need to be inclusive and foster collegiality Role of SQA as guardian of national standards Constraints – budget, funding and release

11 Additional Considerations: Curriculum for Excellence Need to create long-term capacity and build confidence Importance of professional dialogue – across centres, sectors and regions Shared responsibility through partnerships Need for flexibility – personalisation and choice

12 Potential Approaches – Rethinking the Way We Work With Centres Developing a culture of partnership between SQA and all Centres: SQA and centres working together to: –identify appropriate subject specialist for QA activity –embed CPD into the QA process for both individuals and centres –quality assure assessment decisions SQA continues in role of ensuring national standards in a supportive way

13 Current Approaches: External QA Activity Central Verification Visiting Verification Regional Verification SQA Appointees Centre Representatives

14 Potential Approaches: External QA Activity National QA Events Area QA Events SQA and Centres working in partnership Visiting QA Events

15 Next Steps Engagement: –Share our thinking –Identify practical implications –Develop partnership working in a manageable way Two structured engagement events in April – representative volunteers required Develop further detail of models: –roles and responsibilities –identify resources required

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