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SQA PE Assessment panel

Posted by drilly on March 22, 2008

I was invited to the SQA PE assessment panel to speak about Dartfish I demonstrated some of the functions and explained how schools were using the software to support assessment in their courses. I then showed examples of how some forward thinking schools are using it to complete the internal assessments requirements of courses. I was very encouraged with Jennifer di Folco (PE qualifications manager) and her willingness to embrace this technology and investigate how the SQA can accommodate schools who wish to submit evidence via this medium.

During the meeting I also found out that there is a pack of printed materials available from the Higher Marking  workshop that was run last year. The pack contains lots of useful advice and examples of marked questions. The pack can be purchased from the SQA it costs £35 and is a great CPD resource.

There will be another understanding standards workshop this year but it will focus on Advanced Higher.

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SQA Understanding Standards Website

Posted by drilly on January 27, 2008

I am not sure how aware PE teachers are of the existence of the SQA understanding standards website 

The PE pages contain information on Intermediate 1 & 2 and Higher. The site has an overview of “Analysis and Development of performance” in all 4 areas of the course and also has examples of external exam questions with pupil responses that you can practice marking, then compare your grades to official markers grades. The site also provides the same facility for practical performance but you have to log in to access videos of pupils performing. The SQA coordinator for your establishment should be able to provide you with the login details. My only criticism is that there are not more examples and more up to date examples.

Posted in CPD, Higher, ICT in PE, Int 1, Int 2, Physical Education, Resources, Secondary PE, SQA | 1 Comment »

SQA Physical Education Course Report and Principal Assessors Reports

Posted by drilly on November 27, 2007

The SQA has published Principal Assessors reports and the course report on PE you can access the reports here. Below is the general summary from the PE subject report.

There is a very encouraging uptake trend at all levels of courses in Physical Education, candidate entries have increased in 2007.

Evidence shows that Centres are becoming more comfortable with the demands of the question papers at all National Qualification levels and candidates’ responses are demonstrating improved performances. At all levels, the Principal Assessors’ reports have commented on the difficulty that candidates have in giving full responses to questions about applied knowledge. This is an area where there could be improvement

The Practical Performance at all levels continues to be a great strength of the course and many candidates perform at levels above the course entry. Visiting verifiers commented on the very high standard of teachers’ understanding of national standards and commend them for the professional way in which they hosted the events. Central Verification of Analysis and Development of Performance Unit (NAB) showed that candidates’ work was better than in previous years.

We continue to provide support centres and have published new exemplification of candidates’ responses to (NABs) at Intermediate 1 / 2 and Higher levels on the website as well as candidate responses to the NABs and Report at Advanced Higher level.

New material at Higher, Intermediate 1 / 2 levels is currently being produced for the Understanding Standards Website.

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Posted by drilly on November 27, 2007

The SQA have made their past papers available for download for free you can access the PE papers here

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Higher PE Marking CPD Opportunity

Posted by drilly on October 6, 2007

Just flagging this up again for those who missed my original post where there are links to download information and the booking form

This one-off national event is dedicated to the promotion of understanding standards in the external assessment components of the Higher Physical Education Course: the Question Paper and Performance.
Date Saturday 10 November 2007
Venue Caledonian University, Glasgow
Cost £160.00
Time All day event, attributable to CPD time
Attendees Open to all teachers and lecturers who deliver Higher Physical Education, or who are considering introducing Higher Physical Education in their centres.

The event will start with a presentation from the Principal Assessor for Higher Physical Education followed by workshops dealing with the assessment of the Higher Question Paper.  Delegates will have the opportunity not only to discuss issues with the Examiners but also to mark Question Papers from the 2007 examination.

We would like to encourage as many teaching colleagues as possible to sign up for this event. For details on how to register for this, please make contact with any of the following sources:

• SQA Customer Contact Centre on 0845 279 1000
• SQA Coordinator in your school or college, who has been sent copies of the registration form, National Qualifications, Physical Education and follow the links to the information on the PDW

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Sports Entrepreneurs SQA on-line Football Store Game

Posted by drilly on September 24, 2007

This is an on-line business game based on how to successfully run a ‘virtual’ sports store, concentrating mainly on the season-long fortunes of Scotland’s senior football clubs. The Scottish version, backed by clubs including Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts, Motherwell, Rangers and Partick Thistle, is based on the pioneering work of The Small Business Company (TSBC) in New Zealand.  TSBC are involved in the trailblazing Scottish game, the first new version to be developed anywhere outside New Zealand.

Over 11,000 pupils from some 280 schools across Scotland have already signed up for this exciting game that aims to teach business and enterprise skills.  By running the sports store, students can learn what works in business and what doesn’t; experiment with different tactics to see the impact of their decisions; and learn what it is like to run a small business.  Given the support of Scotland’s clubs, students can also choose to have their ‘virtual’ store decked out in the colours of their favourite team.

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Higher PE Marking Workshop

Posted by drilly on September 10, 2007

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is running a workshop on the Higher PE Analysis and Development of Performance exam.

The workshop will be led by Tom Hardie the Principal Assessor for Higher PE and a team of experienced examiners. Delegates will have the opportunity to develop a clearer understanding of marking to the national standard and the marking procedures. The workshop will take place on 10 November at Strathclyde/Caledonian University. The cost will be £160

Contact your own school or centre SQA co-ordinator for further information and course registration or click here for more details and here to download booking form.

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That was the week that was

Posted by drilly on June 13, 2007

This week I visited Scotstoun primary in Glasgow to watch a classroom teacher who has developed a specialisim in PE through the post graduate course at Glasgow University. I have heard a number of negative comments about this whole concept of classroom teachers becoming PE specialists but if the lesson I observed is an indication of the quality of teachers the courses at Glasgow and now Edinburgh University are capable of producing then I fully endorse it.

However it does not really come as a suprise to me as the teacher I observed was first and foremost an experienced teacher who understands the development of primary pupils and the post graduate course has allowed him to develop a better knowlegde of physical education to compliment his pedagogy. It was also heartning to meet someone so enthusiastic about the subject that they have  decided that their future now lies within primary physical education. It is also fantastic that he has an extremely supportive headteacher who values the contribution that quality PE can make to the education of a child. As such this classroom teacher is now a fulltime teacher of physical education within the primary. 

A significant part of last week was also spent marking the SQA Higher PE papers. The general feeling was that this was a fair paper and that the  students seemed to cope reasonably well with it.

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