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Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements for Deaf and Visually Impaired Candidates

Presented on Tuesday, 28th August 2018

Content

This event, in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), provided the opportunity for teachers of the deaf, teachers of the visually impaired, support for learning teachers, college lecturers and other practitioners supporting candidates with hearing or visual impairments in SQA Assessments to discuss a range of assessment issues.

Morning: Visual Impairment

The aims of the morning session were to consider SQA’s approaches to the modification of SQA external examination question papers for visually impaired candidates through a range of case studies/ scenarios, the assessment issues for candidates with visual impairment related to using:

  • ICT and Digital Question Papers in SQA external examinations;
  • Braille and adapted question papers.

Afternoon: Hearing Impairment

The aims of the afternoon session were to consider issues for deaf candidates undertaking the speaking component in National Qualifications in English through a range of case studies/scenarios, the assessment issues for deaf candidates related to:

  • using BSL in SQA external examinations;
  • the specific assessment demands of particular National courses.

There were opportunities in both sessions to ask about any specific issues/questions participants wish to raise with SQA staff. Participants had the choice to attend the morning (VI) or afternoon (deaf) as separate sessions or attend the whole day.

Participants said:

"It really made me think of different scenarios."

"Improved knowledge of types of modification/adaptation which can be offered."

"Very informative!"

Target Audience

Teachers of the Deaf, Visual Impairment Teachers, support for learning teachers, college lecturers supporting students with visual impairments or who are deaf, and other practitioners supporting candidates in SQA Assessments and Exams.

Presenters

SQA Representatives

Programme

9.30 am Registration and Networking for Visual Impairment session
10 am Welcome and introduction. Elizabeth McCann, SSC CPD Co-ordinator, VI Education
10.05 am Myths and Legends. Patricia McDonald and Annette Foulcer
10.30 am Assessment Materials Gail Thomson and Susan Liddle
11 am Workshop 1 Assessment issues for candidates with visual impairment
12 noon Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements: Key Messages. Patricia McDonald
12.20 pm Plenary. Elizabeth McCann

1 pm Registration and Networking for teachers of the Deaf (oral and BSL users)
1.30 pm Welcome and Introductions. Meriel Sweetnam SSC CPD Co-ordinator, HI Education
1.35pm Myths and Legends. Patricia McDonald and Annette Foulcer
2.15 pm Assessment of Performance - Spoken Language component in National 5 and Higher English Courses. David Swinney
3.05 pm Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements - Key Messages. Patricia McDonald
3.20 pm Plenary. Meriel Sweetnam
3.30 pm Close and Course Evaluation