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Cf e quality assurance models


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Curriculum for Excellence Update

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Cf e quality assurance models

  1. 1. Qualifications are changing Engagement: Quality Assurance Models
  2. 2. Design issues <ul><li>New qualifications – more skills based, greater personalisation, diversity of assessment approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Assurance (QA) developments </li></ul><ul><li>Self-evaluation frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Proportionality </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of stakeholders </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who did we engage with? <ul><li>Curriculum Area Review Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authority Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>College Quality Managers </li></ul><ul><li>School Leaders Scotland Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Association of Directors of Education Quality Improvement Network (ADES QuIN) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What did we ask? <ul><li>What are the strengths and challenges of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current external verification models? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>potential new quality assurance models? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the viability of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>using a blend of models? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a rolling programme of quality assurance activities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>basing activity on risk/identified needs? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Models discussed <ul><li>Current: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prior verification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central and postal verification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting verification - including Coordinated Verification Events (COVEs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Potential new: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Feedback <ul><li>Need for robust QA for credibility – particular concerns around National 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment expertise of teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the National Assessment Resource (NAR) </li></ul><ul><li>Resource issues - “dual running” and centre capacity </li></ul><ul><li>High quality – and timely – feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid end-loading QA </li></ul>
  7. 7. Feedback (continued) <ul><li>Culture change necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Internal QA prerequisite </li></ul><ul><li>SQA guardian of national standards </li></ul><ul><li>Blended approach </li></ul><ul><li>Risk - longer term development </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in school / college perspectives, priorities and concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Potential of IT solutions </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Progress made so far </li></ul><ul><li>and next steps </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key messages from engagement activities <ul><li>Need for robust QA – credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches need to be developmental – CPD </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches need to be inclusive and foster collegiality </li></ul><ul><li>Role of SQA as guardian of national standards </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints – budget, funding and release </li></ul>
  10. 10. Additional considerations: CfE <ul><li>Need to create long-term capacity and build confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of professional dialogue – across centres, sectors and regions </li></ul><ul><li>Shared responsibility through partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Need for flexibility – personalisation and choice </li></ul>
  11. 11. Potential approaches: rethinking the way SQA works with centres <ul><li>Develop a culture of partnership between SQA and all centres: </li></ul><ul><li>SQA and centres working together to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>identify appropriate subject specialist for QA activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embed CPD into the QA process for both individuals and centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quality assure assessment decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SQA continues in role of ensuring national standards in a supportive way </li></ul>
  12. 12. Current approaches: external QA activity SQA appointees Centre representatives Regional verification Visiting verification Central verification
  13. 13. Potential approaches: external QA activity SQA and centres working in partnership Visiting QA events Area QA events National QA events
  14. 14. Next steps <ul><li>Engagement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share our thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify practical implications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop partnership working in a manageable way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two structured engagement events in April: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>representative volunteers required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop further detail of models: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>roles and responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify resources required </li></ul></ul>