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Call for Scottish teachers to participate in reviewing and authoring new assessment content


Deadline 12 July 2024

AlphaPlus, an education services business specialising in standards and assessment, has been contracted by the Scottish Government (SG) to deliver the National Standardised Assessments for Scotland (NSA). The assessments are designed to provide valuable diagnostic information to teachers on children’s progress in aspects of literacy and numeracy and take place in P1, P4, P7 and S3.

We are seeking current or recently retired teachers from Scottish schools to join our existing team of associates, to participate in the content creation process for the SNSA assessments. The appointed individuals will work on an associate basis as SNSA authors and/or reviewers, and will need to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the NSA platform and assessments, and related guidance and content development processes.
  • Create bespoke content items in either literacy, reading, writing or numeracy for specific stages to meet specific Skills and Experiences and Outcomes.
  • For literacy and reading specialists specifically, develop accessible and engaging texts, which can be used as the basis of multiple assessment questions.
  • Ensure content items are written in an accessible and inclusive manner.
  • Suggest suitable artwork for assessment questions, primarily utilising an existing image bank.
  • Produce clear assessment item descriptors using the existing ones for guidance.
  • Review other contributors’ questions and provide feedback on them through a peer review system.
  • Review and amend your own questions in line with feedback received through peer review.

Essential requirements include:

  • Qualified teacher status (current or recently retired).
  • Confident and effective text author/question writer/reviewer.
  • Familiar with Curriculum for Excellence and the literacy/numeracy Experiences and Outcomes (E&Os) and benchmark statements at primary and/or secondary levels in Scotland.
  • Teaching experience at primary or secondary level in Scotland, or expertise in numeracy/literacy teaching or assessment.
  • Experience in the delivery and use of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) or comparable formative assessment tools

Timescales and time requirement

Training will be provided in September. The work will start in September, with first draft submission in November (there will also be potential subsequent submissions). Hours of work are flexible; however, writers will be required to attend training and other meetings, which will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

Fees will be discussed with suitable candidates.

What to do next

If this associate opportunity is of interest, please send a copy of your CV and contact details by email as soon as possible to stating any preferences for subjects and/or stages for which you would wish to write. We will then arrange a mutually convenient time for a telephone discussion with you.