Kepnock State High School
I'm a chief confirmer for Ancient History. And I'm also a lead endorser for Modern History.
Benowa State High School
I'm involved in endorsement for General English. And I'm involved in external assessment marking and confirmation for English and Literature Extension.
The Southport School
I decided that I would apply for everything with the idea that I would gradually step down and I'd find my niche. I haven't done that yet. And I love doing all my roles.
The Southport School
I've been involved with Marine Science in the confirmation processes, the endorsement processes and the external exams.
Hervey Bay State High School
For Legal Studies I'm involved in endorsement, confirmation and external marking.
St Laurence’s College
I'm a lead endorser for senior Music and a chief confirmer for senior Music and an external examiner as well.
St Patrick’s College (Shorncliffe)
I’m an assessor with Specialist Mathematics. I have spent a year in the lead endorser role and I’m also now the Chief confirmer for Specialist Maths.
Why are you an assessor?
It’s about being able to use that subject specific knowledge and expertise that you actually have.
I thought it was a really good way to learn about the system, and really get that inside knowledge.
I think it's the best way to get really familiar with the syllabus and what's going to be expected with the students.
I think good teaching is about relationships. And it's good not only to have the relationships with those in your school, but also to make connections and networks outside of your school.
What are some of the benefits??
Being an assessor has helped my school in a number of different ways because we're familiar with the different roles and processes, policies and procedures that are required by the QCAA.
It's very important, of course, that we teach as well as we can, but it is also part of that teaching to have a strong and deep knowledge of how that learning is to be assessed.
What knowledge did you bring back to your school?
Part of it is has been that it brings a certain level of confidence that I've been through these quality assurance processes, not only from the school side, but also as an assessor as well.
It means that I have a really good, strong understanding of the entire process. And that's one of the things that I've loved about being involved across confirmation, endorsement and external marking because I see the whole process from start to finish.
What would you tell other teachers?
This is some of the best professional development that I've ever done. It also embeds me within the community of practice so I'm able to talk to teachers from a variety of different schools and also help them, but also be helped by them.
The benefits are huge as a teaching professional and that gets passed on to the students in the classroom.
It gives you a real insight into the processes of the QCAA and really enables you to assist your students quite powerfully in succeeding in their subjects.