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Created on Wednesday, 24 November 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Scottish Government consultation on plans to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and reform Education Scotland (ES) closes this Friday, 26th November. We have just published a report looking at the application of assistive technologies in examinations which raises important issue...

Created on Monday, 08 November 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The second report from the Scottish Government’s International Council of Education Advisors proposes adoption of 'universal design' to create a resilient educational system. What might this mean for learners with additional support needs? The International Council of Education Advise...

Created on Wednesday, 29 September 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With the announcement that SQA examinations will be held in Spring 2022 if public health advice allows, what does that mean for learners with additional support needs who wish to use technology to access the assessments? SQA examinations in 2022 On August 18th, Scottish Government announced that Na...

Created on Monday, 03 May 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week a teacher called us to ask how to split up SQA question papers because they need to separate out sections to use in classroom assessments. This blog has some hints and tips. 2021 National Qualifications As we know, this year's National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards will be base...

Created on Thursday, 29 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Dyslexia Scotland have published an excellent video workshop by Dawn Roberts and Innes Roberts on the use of assistive technology in assessments, and more broadly . The video is well worth a view if you are a teacher, parent or student using digital technology in assessments this term.   D...

Created on Tuesday, 13 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

I was sorry to hear about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and the tributes and coverage really give us a picture of a remarkable person, a strong character and an extraordinary life. He met so many people over the course of his life and so many people will have stories and anecdotes: here's m...

Created on Tuesday, 06 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) AT Connected event is one of the largest and most varied conferences focussing on assistive technology and this year it was an online event held from January 25th to February 4th 2021. I was fortunate to be offered one of 24 AT Scholarships to att...

Created on Thursday, 11 March 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

2021 examinations have been cancelled and teachers and lecturers are devising their own assessments to gather evidence of attainment. We have updated pages on the Digital Assessments web site with information and advice and some downloadable templates to help practitioners create accessible assessme...

Created on Thursday, 28 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With schools closed and students learning at home, how can teachers continue to teach with the textbooks purchased for use in class? Can we make copies for students to use at home? Can we distribute textbooks from the Books for All website?   Recently we've seen and heard of colleagues shar...