Author: Brian Clark

Digital Quality Assurance of National Qualifications

This post outlines one possible digital solution for a quality assurance process when reviewing leaner evidence.

Using Microsoft Teams and OneNote, learner evidence can be curated and shared with peers. Discussion around learner evidence can be done asynchronously or live, with the results of the discussion recorded in text, video or voice notes.  Every member of the team will be able to access the record of quality assurance to enable them to make judgements about their own learners.

An interactive summary of this suggested process can be downloaded here.

Quality Assuring Senior Phase Learner Evidence


Step 1- Identify Staff Groups

Identify a group of teachers who will work together to quality assure evidence.  Example groupings might be

  • trios of subject departments from across a local authority or regional improvement collaborative
  • a group of single teacher department from across a local authority.

It is likely to be more manageable to limit the number of staff per group.

If possible, when creating groups of staff, distribute staff/departments who are experienced with SQA marking appropriately.

Step 2 – Set up a PLC Team in Microsoft Teams.

One person from each group sets up a team and creates a OneNote notebook to host the quality assurance evidence.  A template page can be created to ensure consistency of recording evidence.  The template text used in the video can be downloaded below.

This short video outlines the process of creating a PLC Team and a structure for the Notebook. At this stage, it would be beneficial if the person creating the team and notebook had access to the OneNote desktop app in order to add Section Groups.

Download the NQ template text

A note about the welcome page – you may wish to add some instructions, links to SQA understanding standards documentation for your subject, or embed the adding learner content (below) videos on the welcome page.

Useful SQA links include

Understanding Standards  

NQ21 pages  to keep up to date


Step 3 – Invite/share the team code with the group of teachers 

At this point, learner evidence can be uploaded.  This can be done by individual teachers. However, it may be that a nominated person from each department uploads content onto individual pages.

In the first instance, you may want to focus on just one area / topic / unit.  For example, Folio from Higher English.

How to add learner content to page

You may be in the position where you have multiple paper based pieces of evidence for a learner.  For example and exam script. If you have a mobile device, you can use the OneDrive and OneNote apps to combine multiple photos of that into a single PDF and insert it into a OneNote page.  

Step 4 – Carrying out Quality Assurance activities

Once the notebook is populated with learner evidence and each page is named appropriately, staff can then carry out QA activities.  This can be done during live meetings of the group where breakout rooms could be utilised and each breakout room is allocated a set number of pages to discuss. Alternatively, the group can agree who will quality assure what pages by a set date and this can be done individually. 

Some examples can be downloaded below

Download Example Use Cases

Notes about learner evidence

OneNote allows us to store a wide variety of media on each page.  It is important to mindful about data protection and copyright.

  • Ensure that learners cannot be identified – remove any personally identifiable content eg names from images, documents etc
  • If using video content. do not embed videos where a pupil is visible. In these cases, you can play the video in a live meeting, have the QA discussion and record the outcome in OneNote.  You should make a note on the document that this has happened
  • Video content such as a walkaround of a product that pupil has created can be stored on pages, as long as it is anonymous as with photo/text based content.
  • If you are using assessment materials that have been commercially created, do not upload them to the pages. 

Using the National eLearning Offer to Support Learning Webinar 2 – Watch Again

This webinar explored how the National e-Learning Offer can be used to support learning, both remotely and during recovery in school.

The National e-Learning Offer (NeLO) brings together the live learning option from e-Sgoil, recorded content led by West Partnership (West OS) and supported materials identified by teacher networks and organised by Education Scotland. The webinar will inform and update participants on what is available through NeLO.

The main focus of this second webinar is to explore the senior phase Study Support programme that has been running through e-Sgoil as part of NeLO since September 2020. The webinar draws out the key features and experiences of successful live remote teaching and learning for sharing and discussion.

A link to e-Sgoil Study Support page on the website can be found here:

Watch Again

Joan MacKay, Education Scotland provides an introduction and update to the National eLearning Offer

Paul Downie provides an update to the recoded element, West OS


Donald MacLeod, Principal Teacher (e-Sgoil) provides an update and overview of the live offer.


How practitioner Ian Stewart makes use of the wider NeLO resources when delivering live with eSgoil.

How practitioners Andy Brown and Andy Thomson deliver live lessons with eSgoil

National eLearning Offer Webinar available to watch online

Webinar Overview

The webinar giving an overview of the National e-Learning Offer is now available to watch again.  This webinar provides

  • an overview of the live, recorded and supported elements of National eLearning Offer by Joan MacKay from Education Scotland
  • an overview of the live element by Jacqui Yule from e-Sgoil
  • an introduction to to the recorded element by Paul Downie from WestOS
  • inputs from three teachers sharing how they are making use of the recorded content available to support learning and teaching


Introduction: Joan Mackay, Education Scotland

Live Element: Jacqui Yule, e-Sgoil

Recorded Element: Paul Downie, WestOS

Practitioner Input: Tina Visovan, Biology

Practitioner Input: Julie O’Sullivan, Biology

Practitioner Input: Claire Cassidy, Modern Studies

27 Jan 2021, 15:45-16:45: Using the National eLearning Offer to Support Learning

You will require a glow login for this webinar.

This webinar will explore how the National e-Learning Offer can be used to support learning, both remotely and during recovery in school.

The National e-Learning Offer brings together the live learning option from e-Sgoil, recorded content led by West partnership and supported materials identified by teacher networks and organised by Education Scotland

This webinar will include input from practitioners sharing good practice on how they are currently utilising the recorded resources to support remote learning, and will showcase West OS, an online library of quality assured, recorded lessons created by teachers in Scotland.

These recorded lessons can be prescribed by teachers to complement the learning experiences they are currently planning for learners working remotely. Links to individual videos can be shared with learners to direct them to specific content related to their current work or to support revision. Young people also have access to West OS to support their independent learning and revision.

West OS has been created by teachers, and content is continually being uploaded as this platform evolves.

A summary of some of the content currently available on West OS includes:

• Lessons in BGE Literacy and Numeracy

• Full N5 and Higher Maths Courses

• Full N5 Biology Course

• Units available in: Higher Physics, Higher Modern Studies, Advanced Higher English, Higher English, N5 History, N5 Geography, Higher and N5 HFT.

• Material also available in many other courses including: Higher Admin & IT, N4,N5 and Higher Art&Design.

• Recorded practical experiments are also available in N5 and Higher Chemistry, and Advanced Higher Biology.

Currently available via the West OS powered by ClickView app which is accessible via Glow (access is available to those local authorities who have signed up for this service) and aims to ensure that all children and young people are able to access high quality learning experiences regardless of circumstances.

Creative Bravery with Daydream Believers

Today as we work though a global pandemic our call to be creatively brave has become even more important.

What does creative bravery mean and how can we support and develop these skills in our young people?

In this webinar Helena Good, Team Leader on the Daydream Believer Programme, shres her thoughts on creative bravery within education and how the Daydream Believers free online resources can support parents, teachers and lecturers in the new academic session.

10 Blended Numeracy & Maths Activities Using O365

This webinar recording is aimed at teachers, primarily in the Primary sector, but could be adapted to the Secondary Numeracy & Maths classroom. The aim of the session is to demonstrate ideas for delivering and assessing Numeracy & Maths in a blended approach using digital tools available in Microsoft O365 on Glow.  Delivered in partnership with the Education Scotland Maths officers,

Mixed Delivery – A Quickstart Guide

We have gathered together information that will support practitioners who would like to include learners who are at home with learning that is happening in class.

This interactive PDF can be downloaded and shared with your colleagues.  Areas marked with the finger pointer will take you to linked resources for further information.

Alternatively, investigate the thinglink below

Title image - Q and A

DigiLearnScot Webinar Q&A with Claire Eade, Meethill Primary School, Peterhead

We have been speaking to teachers across Scotland to find out more about their experiences of using digital technology to support their learners. In this Q&A Claire Eade, Class Teacher at Meethill Primary School in Peterhead, shares what she has learned from joining webinars to build digital skills and the top tips she would give to other educators on using digital technology. Look out for more Q&As soon!


How has your use of digital changed since schools closed in March? 

My use of digital has changed a huge amount. I had used Teams a little bit before schools closed but not to the extent we then needed to. Initially I had no idea how to navigate Teams and upload assignments but taking part in the digital skills webinars helped me with this greatly.


Which webinar/s from Education Scotland’s DigiLearn team did you join and why?

I joined the webinar on using mobile devices to enhance and capture language learning and I joined webinars on using Teams. I also joined the webinar on Google Classroom in case I ever need to use that.  


Why did you pick these webinars in particular?

The descriptions for these webinars sounded exactly like what I needed to help with teaching the children on-line.


How was the experience of joining an online webinar?

They were absolutely brilliant. They were so easy to join. I was sent a link and I just needed to click on it to access the webinar. It’s up to the webinar attendees whether they switch their camera and microphone on. You’re given the opportunity to put questions in and if these aren’t answered at the time then the DigiLearn team will come back to you with an answer later. The webinars are recorded so you also have the option to watch it later which is great in case there is anything you have forgotten.


What have you learned from joining these webinar/s to build digital skills?

I’ve learned that it is not essential for me to be face to face with the children to teach them. When schools closed I thought I really needed to be in front of the children to teach them but I’ve learned that we can absolutely teach them on-line.


How did you use these skills to support your learners? Tell us more.

These digital skills have helped me to support my learners in many ways. For example I’ve learned how to use screen capture so that I can show my pupils videos or PowerPoints. I can also record commentary over a PowerPoint so that I can highlight and explain different points to my pupils. I can also use the whiteboard tool to actually demonstrate examples to them and aid their understanding.


How have you used Glow to help you support learning at home?

I found Glow very useful for finding resources. For example, I found a great resource for teaching activities in French through Glow. I also saw posts from teachers on social media suggesting resources they had found using Glow which I could then go and look up. Glow has also been very useful for communication as my class regularly contacted me through my Glow email while schools were closed.


From your experience, what top tips would you give to other educators on using digital?

My top tip is don’t be scared! Don’t be scared to ask questions especially on the DigiLearn Teams group. It doesn’t matter what the question is, and you might think it is a silly question, but there is always someone else wanting to ask the same thing. I posted a question recently asking about how to archive my Team and I got a response back really quickly. It’s important to make use of the expert knowledge out there as there is always someone who can answer your question.