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1 Qualifications are changing Curriculum Update Event – Stirling Management Centre Friday 9 December Mathematics and Numeracy

2 Welcome Latest qualification information Meet the people who are developing the qualifications Opportunity to discuss curriculum planning Opportunity to provide feedback Package of publications and support

3 Welcome Design of new National Qualifications Development of new National Qualifications Update on Mathematics, Lifeskills Mathematics and Numeracy

4 Designing the new National Qualifications Margaret Miller, Policy Manager, Scottish Qualifications Authority

5 What are we trying to achieve? Clear and smooth progression from Experiences and Outcomes and between levels of qualifications More focus on skills development Assessment which supports, motivates and challenges learners An inclusive, coherent, and easy to understand framework of qualifications which uses hierarchical structures wherever possible Less prescription (especially in Unit) - more flexible evidence requirements High standards, credibility and relevance

6 Specifications, guidance and support New ways of specifying requirements: shorter, more open, less prescriptive Course Specification, Unit Specification, Course Assessment Specifications: outline the mandatory requirements More guidance and support, for example: Course and Unit Support Notes: guidance on delivering Courses and the Units, approaches to learning, teaching and assessment Assessment support (via NAR): eg specimen QPs, specimen coursework, unit exemplification materials

7 Added Value / Course Assessment Each Course from National 4 to Advanced Higher will include a 40 hour added value assessment For National 4, added value is assessed in the Added Value Unit For Courses at National 5 to Advanced Higher the added value assessment is in the Course assessment This will sample breadth, challenge and/or application of skills from across the Course The Course assessment at these levels will be graded A - D

8 The National 4 Added Value Unit and National 5, H/AH Course Assessment will be assessed using one or more of seven agreed methods: Assignment Case study Practical activity Performance Portfolio Project Question paper/test Added Value / Course Assessment

9 Controlled Assessment SQA is introducing controlled assessment for the National 4 Added Value Unit and course assessment at National 5, H and AH 3 stages of assessment, each of which will have a defined level of control: Setting the assessment – the specification of the requirements Conducting the assessment – the conditions for learners taking the assessment Marking the assessment – who marks and how marking is carried out and quality assured

10 Three levels of control SQA will work in partnership with centres and focus on: SQA-led activity – SQA carries out all of the activity or provides detailed specifications Shared responsibility between SQA and centres – responsibility for carrying out the activity is shared between SQA and centres Centre-led activity – Centres have flexibility to decide how to carry out the activity, in-line with broad guidance and overall policies and procedures laid down by SQA

11 Quality assurance of internal assessment Feedback from engagement: need for robust QA approaches need to be developmental and foster partnership constraints Developing ways SQA and centres can work together to: promote a shared understanding of national standards across centres and sectors build training and support into the QA process develop partnership approach Further engagement: national partners and stakeholder groups detailed work to ensure manageable and successful implementation

12 Development of the new National Qualifications Roderic Gillespie, Head of Curriculum for Excellence Scottish Qualifications Authority

13 How are we developing qualifications? Qualifications developed in a more strategic way: starts with learning, process is iterative Each stage informs the next: on-going process of exploring issues/developing thinking, seeking advice/guidance and then testing proposals Wide range of engagement: from formal groups to Liaison Team visits to targeted activities Open & transparent: draft documents published at each stage (both for information and feedback) stakeholders and partners involved at each stage feedback published on website

14 Publication/SupportAccess 2Access 3Nat 4 / Nat 5Higher Draft Course SpecificationsOct 11 Apr 11Aug 11 Draft Unit SpecificationsDec 11 Aug 11Nov 11 Draft Course Assessment Specifications N/A Nov 11Jan 12 Draft Course/Unit Support Notes Apr 12 Jan 12Feb 12 Course/Unit Assessment Support on NAR Apr 13 Apr 14 Subject Implementation Support Events Session 2012/13 Session 2013/14 Publication of final document for Access 1 – Higher: April 2012 Publication of final documents for Advanced Higher: April 2013

15 New National Qualifications: Implementation Timelines Session 2012/13 – last diet of Standard Grade examinations Session 2013/14 – first diet of new qualifications (Access to N5), dual run with existing Access and Intermediates Session 2014/15 – first diet of new Higher, dual run with existing Access, Intermediates and Highers Session 2015/16 – first diet of Advanced Higher

16 Controlled assessment: likely patterns National 4 Added Value Unit: Set by centres following SQA guidance and exemplars Conducted by centres within SQA requirements Marked and internally verified by centres to SQA marking instructions and externally quality assured by SQA National 5 and Higher Course Assessment Usually set by SQA – a few subjects set by centres - within SQA guidelines Conducted under a high degree or some supervision and control within SQA requirements Submitted to SQA for external marking – a few subjects marked by centre staff in line with SQA marking instructions.

17 Mathematics, Lifeskills Mathematics and Numeracy Keith Wright, Qualifications Development Manager, SQA

18 SCQF LevelMathematicsLifeskills Mathematics 7 (Adv. Higher) Mathematics Applied Mathematics: Mechanics Applied Mathematics: Statistics - 6 (Higher) Mathematics - 5 (National 5) MathematicsLifeskills Mathematics 4 (National 4) MathematicsLifeskills Mathematics 3 (Access 3) Lifeskills Mathematics 2 (Access 2) Lifeskills Mathematics

19 Key points Builds on principles and practices guidance and relevant level 4 experiences and outcomes from Mathematics and Numeracy Follows the design principles agreed by CfE Management Board and SQAs Qualification Committee Incorporates the best features of Standard Grade and Intermediates Focuses more on skills development and crediting positive achievement Work ongoing to develop a hierarchical structure

20 Engagement and feedback Local Authorities and Colleges Subject specialists and professional associations Learner engagement CARG / QDT / SWGs CfE Liaison Team Have your say

21 Whats different? Additional Course at SCQF levels 4 and 5 Mathematics qualifications contain a Unit in Numeracy at SCQF levels 3,4 and 5 (Lifeskills Mathematics only) Units are more skills focused – includes application of knowledge and understanding Outcomes are broad-based leaving flexibility for combining or integrating assessment when appropriate

22 Key Messages Additional Course provides more opportunity for personalisation and choice Added Value Course assessment at National 4 Case Study method for Course Assessment introduced to Mathematics (Lifeskills Mathematics only)

23 Task Read over documentation provided Feedback regarding Progression from National 4 to National 5 Balance of skills, knowledge and understanding Nature and scope of National 4/National 5 Added Value Assessment

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