University of Edinburgh

Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements for Deaf (oral) and Visually Impaired Candidates

Presented on Tuesday, 12th September 2017


This half-day event, in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), provided the opportunity to discuss a range of assessment and exam issues relating to candidates who are deaf (oral) or who have a visual impairment. The aims of the event were to:

  • clarify the key principles underpinning the SQA policy in relation to assessment arrangements for candidates;
  • outline SQA and Centre Quality Assurance responsibilities arising from key principles;
  • consider SQA's Quality Assurance evidence requirements;
  • provide opportunity for you to raise and discuss assessment issues for candidates.

There were opportunities to ask about any specific issues/questions participants wished to raise.

Participants said:

"Specific and tailored to the audience. I also got some good resource info during the networking time."

"As a newly appointed hearing impairment teacher, it was useful to learn what arrangements can be made for deaf candidates."

Target Audience

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


Patricia McDonald, Research & Policy Manager; Annette Foulcer, Research & Policy Officer; David Swinney, Subject Implementation Manager for English; Susan Liddle, Team Leader - Assessment Development and Delivery, Scottish Qualifications Authority


10.10 am
Overview of SQA's current policy and key principles of assessment arrangements Patricia McDonald
Quality Assurance of Assessment Arrangements Annette Foulcer

11.15 am
Revised National Qualifications: National 5 English & Performance-spoken language assessment David Swinney

12 noon
SQA approaches to the modification of SQA external examination question papers for visually impaired candidates Susan Liddle

12.30 pm
Update on Assessment Arrangement issues for Deaf and VI candidates Patricia McDonald & Annette Foulcer

12.50 pm
Course Evaluation and close