University of Edinburgh
 

SQA Assessment and Exam Arrangements for Candidates with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Tuesday, 30th August 2016

Content

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 with a visual impairment. The following areas were covered:

  • Overview of SQA’s current policy and provision on assessment arrangements for visually impaired candidates.
    • Assessment arrangements policy in context of new National Qualifications.
    • The provision of assessment arrangements in SQA internal and external assessments.
    • Update on available advice and guidance.
  • Overview of process for requesting Adapted question papers and the adaptations possible.
  • SQA approaches to the modification of SQA external examination question papers for visually impaired candidates.
  • Issues related the modification of Unit assessments.
  • The use of assistive technologies for visually impaired candidates.

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Participants said:

"Provided the latest information from the SQA and answered a number of questions."

"Very practical/useful support strategies. Sharing good practice/experiences of colleagues."

Target Audience

VI teachers and other practitioners supporting candidates with a visual impairment in SQA Assessments and Exams, eg, ASN teachers.

Presenters

Patricia McDonald, Research and Policy Manager, SQA and other SQA representatives.

 

Programme

10.00

Overview of SQA’s current policy and provision on assessment arrangements for visually impaired candidates by Patricia McDonald, SQA

Assessment Arrangements in the New Qualifications by Annette Foulcer, SQA

11.00

SQA approaches to the modification of SQA external examination question papers for visually impaired candidates

Issues related the modification of Unit assessments for visually impaired candidate by Gail Thomson and Susan Liddle, SQA

The use of assistive technologies for visually impaired candidates by Paul Nisbet, CALL Scotland

Q&A and Plenary