University of Edinburgh
 

Assessment Issues for Deaf Candidates

Presented on Friday, 26th February 2016

Content

This full day event was organised in conjunction with Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The aim was to provide the opportunity to discuss a range of assessment issues related to deaf candidates in SQA assessments.

Targeted primarily at Teachers of the Deaf and other practitioners supporting deaf candidates in SQA assessments, the morning session was relevant to English teachers as it centred around deaf candidates accessing the Talking and Listening components in National Courses in English.

Delegates had opportunity to:

  • discuss strategies and clarify their understanding of standards for the assessment of Talking and Listening in English National Units with colleagues and SQA staff;
  • review filmed exemplars of a sample of National 5 examination questions translated into BSL and discuss any issues in relation to these;
  • discuss issues related to making Unit assessments accessible for deaf candidates.

Participants said:

"Lead examiner on English was excellent. Chance to hear examples from colleagues. Eilidh's session - excellent clips and really interesting discussion."

"Will speak to mainstream colleagues and feedback. I am more prepared and aware of my role."

Target Audience

Teachers of the Deaf and other practitioners supporting deaf candidates in SQA assessments, eg, English teachers.

Presenters

Eilidh MacQuarrie, Teacher of Deaf Children; Rachel O’Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education; Dr Audrey Cameron, developer of SSC BSL Glossary Project; Marian Grimes, researcher; and SQA representatives