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Created on Friday, 07 February 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Text-to-speech is one of the most useful accessibility tools for learners with and also without literacy or access difficulties. Pupils with dyslexia or reading difficulties can use text-to-speech to access digital text; pupils with English as a second language, or with language or learning dif...

Created on Monday, 06 January 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The SQA Question Paper team have added 'answer boxes' to the National 5 specimen papers and these can be downloaded from the SQA Digital Question Paper pages. Feedback from students is that it is much easier to type in answers directly on the paper, than to use a separate digital answer book...

Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Yesterday a teacher called to ask for advice about using Texthelp's Read and Write Gold with the SQA Digital Question Papers. She had two problems and the suggestions I made may be of interest to others who use Read and Write Gold: The first problem was that the PDF Aloud text-to-spee...

Created on Monday, 09 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

SQA have confirmed that word prediction software is a reasonable adjustment for learners with disabilities for the writing assessment of Literacy at National 3 or 4.  Word predictors analyse text as it is typed on the computer, and try to ‘predict’ the words that the learner is m...

Created on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Staff often ask whether to use standalone or networked computers in exams, and so we have written a quick guide (below) and also available for download. Exam Profiles for Digital Question Papers In an exam you can either use standalone computers, or you can use machines attached to your school...

Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Serendipitously, there are some new assessment exemplars focusing on learners with additional support needs on the National Assessment Resource and the exemplar from Denny High School is relevant to the current discussion regarding appropriate support for learners in assessment of literacy at Nation...

Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Under Section 96 of the Equality Act, SQA has responsibility to decide what is and is not a ‘reasonable adjustment’ for assessment in the new National Qualifications. From August 2013, SQA have decided that human readers are not to be regarded as a reasonable adjustment when learners ...

Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As of August 2013, SQA clarified what is and is not a 'reasonable adjustment'  for learners with disabilities in assessments, and it seems that this has caused a bit of disquiet in some areas of Scottish education. From speaking to practitioners, I believe that there is a general mis...

Created on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week a colleague in a local authority got a quote for a single licence for Acrobat Pro from his Procurement department, for £480.   This is not good use of public money, given that you can get it for £58.58 per licence, plus £20 for the DVD, from Education Scotland (ex...