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Training and professional development for the Scottish National Standardised Assessments are available in a variety of formats including face-to-face presentations, webinars and online resources.

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    Flexible training

    A flexible training programme is available for school staff who are using the Scottish National Standardised Assessments. Teachers who are responsible for assessing children and young people in Primary 1, Primary 4, Primary 7 or S3, headteachers, local authority staff and Education Scotland staff receive tailored training through a mixture of online and face-to-face events as agreed at local authority level.

    Training sessions

    Courses

    Training and professional development for the Scottish National Standardised Assessments are available in a variety of formats including face-to-face presentations, webinars and online resources.

    There are currently five training and professional development courses available:

    Course 1: 'An Introduction to SNSA' is a training course which explains how to access, assign and conduct SNSA. It is suitable for those who have yet to conduct SNSA, particularly new school staff.

    Course 2: 'An Introduction to Analysing SNSA Data' is a training course which focusses on generating and analysing SNSA reports to inform learning and teaching. The course incorporates discussion of SNSA in context and how SNSA can support teacher judgement. It is suitable for those who have conducted SNSA or participated in Course 1: 'An Introduction to SNSA'.

    Course 3: 'An Update on SNSA Data Analysis – Using the Long Scale' is an online course which explains the long scale, introduced into SNSA at the start of the 2018 to 2019 academic year. It is suitable for those who have participated or will participate in Course 2: 'An Introduction to Analysing SNSA Data' or Course 4: 'Using SNSA Data to Support Improvement' and wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the long scale used in SNSA.

    Course 4: 'Using SNSA Data to Support Improvement' is a training course which focusses on understanding the use of SNSA data in practice and how this fits within the wider NIF assessment strategy. It is suitable for those who have participated in Course 2: 'An Introduction to Analysing Data' (or who have viewed the 'Interpreting Reports' videos online) and are comfortable with interpreting SNSA data.

    Course 5: 'A Closer Look at Using SNSA in an ASN and EAL Context' is a training course which incorporates discussion of using SNSA in practice with children and young people with additional support needs and/or English as an additional language, including accessibility guidelines and practical advice. It is suitable for those who are responsible for conducting SNSA with children and young people with additional support needs and/or English as an additional language.

    Online training

    All online resources, which can be accessed by school staff on demand, are available from within the SNSA assessment platform. These resources can be used by staff in schools to refresh knowledge after attending an event or provide guidance for teachers unable to attend an event. Support Officers from SCHOLAR provide SNSA training and professional development for schools. If an authority has requested an SNSA webinar, schools will be able to access a recording by emailing the service desk at info@snsa.org.uk. Other training materials, such as FAQs and 'Quick Start' Guides, are available within the SNSA assessment platform. Further guidance relevant to local authorities and Education Scotland is also available. A technical Service Desk is available; the contact details are provided on the SNSA platform or email info@snsa.org.uk.

    Quick Start eModule

    SCHOLAR has created a series of short videos that act as a step-by-step guide for teachers. These videos demonstrate how to access and assign assessments to children and young people. In addition, there is guidance on how to access student login details, set up specific groups (or tags) and view practice assessments.  The Quick Start training is available within the ‘Help’ section of the SNSA assessment platform.