SNSA Newsletter – May

SNSA availability

The SNSA has been available for use with learners who have been within their normal school environment throughout the recent lockdown period, and remains available to teachers now that all learners have returned to school. It is noted that, since the March return, presentation levels have returned to near-normal patterns.
As previously, presentation timing of the SNSA is a matter for teachers and schools, in consultation with local authorities, who are best placed to consider when SNSA reports can best inform next steps in learning.

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers

Course 2 for Secondary Teachers will be available via webinar training (or face to face when Scottish Government advice allows). This course supports teachers and school leaders in the analysis of individual, group and cohort SNSA data, including the promotion of professional dialogue relevant to secondary school teachers. Speak to your local authority representative about booking onto a training course run by SCHOLAR.

Updated training materials

Existing training courses have also been updated for this school year and can be accessed through GLOW and the SNSA help pages. To see the up to date training materials, go to the training homepage.

New functionality: confirmation message

SNSA has introduced a new feature which will alert teachers when assigning an assessment to a child or young person which does not match their year level. The alert will allow teachers to either continue with the assignment or go back and change their assessment selection. This new feature has been developed to help practitioners ensure that the appropriate stage assessment is assigned before the child or young person undertakes the assessment.


Reports are available as soon as learners have completed their assessments. There are four types of report available:

Individual report
Group Diagnostic report
Group Aggregate report
Outcomes by Academic Year report

Each report provides information on each learner’s capacity using a single SNSA long scale. You can find out more information about generating and using reports in the SNSA Help section.

Tips from the SNSA service desk team

Practice Assessments
Practice assessments give teachers, children and young people a chance to familiarise themselves with the look and structure of SNSA. You can demonstrate the practice assessments to children or young people either individually or in a group environment. Practice assessments can be completed as often as required. For information on assigning practice assessments, visit SNSA Help.

Contact the service desk
The SNSA service desk is available from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday ready to answer any questions you may have. Kelly, Scot, Andrew and Hazel would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact the team on 0330 403 0041 or email:

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