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Supported marking service for Year 2-9 Numerical Reasoning Tests 2018, Wales

Project code: WGNT

What are the purposes and aims of the service?

On behalf of Welsh Government, NFER is aiming to support and develop teacher expertise in numerical reasoning by implementing a supported marking service which gives schools access to high quality support with their test marking. This support will consist of marking sessions for schools, consortia training events and post-event online support for practitioners attending sessions, to handle any enquiries through to the end of the marking period.

The purpose of the service is to embed expertise in marking numerical reasoning tests within schools across Wales, and give schools ownership of test outcomes.

Who is sponsoring NFER to carry out this work?

The Welsh Government

Who can attend the marking sessions?

All maintained schools in Wales with students in year 7, 8 and 9 are eligible to send practitioners to the supported marking sessions. PRUs and special schools will also be invited and and will be eligible to send one teacher to these sessions.

Do schools have to take part?

All Welsh secondary schools are encouraged to attend a supported marking session. These events will provide live script marking with support and guidance from an expert marking team comprising numeracy specialists, and offer practitioners support with undertaking high volumes of marking in a short timescale. However, attendance is not compulsory.

Why should I take part?

The sessions provide access to continuing professional development and give practitioners the opportunity to gain further expertise in marking. The face-to-face, online and continual support offered to practitioners throughout the marking period reinforces the validity of test data collected. Schools will receive a payment for attendance at the supported marking sessions, and individual practitioners will be able to claim for expenses incurred in travelling to the sessions directly from NFER.

How do I register to attend?

The supported marking sessions are being held from 10am to 5pm at the following dates and locations.



Friday 4 May

Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

Tuesday 8 May

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Thursday 10 May

Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Friday 11 May

Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Saturday 12 May

SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Please use the online registration form sent to your school to book the recommended number of delegates to their preferred session(s). Schools will need to provide contact details for the practitioners attending, their preferred language for delivery, as well as preferred choice of event. Further information about the marking sessions will be sent to individual practitioners once they have registered their attendance.

How do I need to prepare for the supported marking sessions?

We would encourage all attendees to familiarise themselves with the markscheme for the year group(s) they will be marking prior to the session; this will ensure you get the most out of the session. We would encourage you to bring as many test papers as you can to the event; in previous sessions, attendees have marked between 80-200 scripts at each session.

Who can be contacted for more information?

If you have any questions or queries about the supported marking service, please contact NFER on 01753 637116 or by email WGSM@nfer.ac.uk

Where can I find out about the new online assessments?

As of the next academic year (2018/19), online assessments will be phased in over a three-year period, starting with Numeracy Procedural in 2018/19.  Over time the online assessments will replace the current paper-based National Tests. The new online personalised assessments will adjust the difficulty level of the questions in order to provide a personalised experience for each learner. Further guidance will be issued in readiness for the Numeracy Procedural online personalised assessments in 2018/19. FAQs on the online assessments are available here.

How will NFER use and protect the registration data collected?

NFER will ensure that participants’ data is processed securely, and their confidentiality respected. We have well-established procedures and monitoring in place to obtain, process, analyse, archive and eventually dispose of data in a secure manner. We ensure that our staff and partners are aware of the importance of data security and operate within the provisions of the current data protective legislation in force.

To see our full privacy notice about how we process your data please see below.

Privacy Notice

Who is responsible for deciding how your information is processed?

On behalf of Welsh Government, NFER is providing a supported marking service for the Year 2-9 Numerical Reasoning Tests.  This support consists of marking sessions for schools, consortia training events and post-event online support for practitioners attending sessions. NFER, as data controller, processes your personal data to help it provide these services.

What will we do with the information you provide to us?

All of the information you provide will only be used to provide the supported marking service. 

We will not share any of the information you provide with third parties for marketing purpose or store any of your data outside of the European Economic Area. 

All the information you provide will be held securely by NFER and other third party whether the information is in electric or physical format. 

What information do we ask for, and why?

We collect and process your contact details, school name and any special requirements (for example dietary or access).  This make it possible for us to provide you with details about the services and access to the post-event online support, and ensure that your needs are met at our events. 

We do not collect more information that is necessary to fulfil our stated purposes and we will not retain it for longer than is necessary. 

What is the legal basis for processing activities?

The legal basis for processing personal data is covered by:

GDPR Article 6 (1) (f) which states that ‘processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party except where such interest are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of the personal data’. 

Our legitimate interest for processing your personal data is to deliver the supported marking service, enabling us to make all the necessary arrangements for the project.  You have the right to object to this processing if you wish, please contact (see below) to do this.

When informing us about any dietary, access and other special requirements you may share special category data (for example about your health) with us.  The legal basis for processing that type of data is covered by GDPR Article 9 (2) (g) which states that ‘processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject’.

When informing us about any dietary, access and other special requirements you may share special category data (for example about your health) with us.  The legal basis for processing that type of data is covered by GDPR Article 9 (2) (g) which states that ‘processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject’.

How will personal data be obtained?

The personal data will be obtained directly from you through our online registration survey and paper based registration forms.

Who will the personal data be shared with?

We will share necessary information with event venue that you are attending.

Is personal data being transferred outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)?

None of your data is stored or processed outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). 

How long will personal data be retained?

Data is not kept longer than is necessary and is deleted in accordance with NFER’s internal policy.  All electronic records will be kept for 6 months following the close of the project the data was collected for.

Can I stop my personal data being used?

NFER handles your personal data in accordance with the rights given to individuals under data protection legislation.  If at any time you wish us to withdraw your data or correct errors in it, please contact Tom Kirkup on WGSM@nfer.ac.uk.

In certain circumstances, data subjects have the right to restrict or object processing, please contact our Compliance Officer. They also have the right to see information held about them.  You can make a subject access request by contacting our Compliance Officer.

Who can I contact about this project?

NFER is responsible for the day-to-day management of this project. Please contact Tom Kirkup on WGSM@nfer.ac.uk with any queries.

If you have a concern about the way this project processes personal data, we request that you raise your concern with NFER by emailing compliance@nfer.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office, the body responsible for enforcing data protection legislation in the UK, here.