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Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) – Information for S3 Pupils and Parents

For the next few weeks up until the Christmas break, we will be carrying out the new Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) in Reading, Writing and Numeracy with all S3 pupils.  Pupils will be given information about this by their Maths teacher who will take them through the whole process. Details can be found in the presentation below.

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The assessments are carried out online in computer suites.  Each pupil will be given an individual log in and teachers will be on hand to support.   Each of the 3 assessments takes around 40 minutes and normal class time will be used for this process.  Some pupils take longer than others.  If a pupil needs more time this is not a problem and another time will be booked for them to complete the assessment.  Pupils who require additional arrangements will be given the support they need as required.

Please note that these are diagnostic assessments, used by teachers to help them to make judgements about pupil progress.  This helps them to support your child with their next steps in learning.  They are not intended to grade pupils and so no individual results of the assessments are issued to parents or pupils.  However, the information they provide will help to inform pupil reports later this session.

More information for parents from the Scottish Government about all aspects of the assessments is available here:


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information,

Michael J Farrell

Michael J. Farrell

Depute Headteacher