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Secure and Confidential Documents Ltd has achieved the renewal of the BPIF Health & Safety and Environmental Seal of Excellence. Originally gained in 2018, this seal of excellence is awarded to businesses who score a minimum of 80% and pass all mandatory areas. An audit is carried out every two years and the company score must be maintained or improved during this period.

The award was presented by Darren Shepherd the Regional Director for the North to SCD’s Commercial Manager, Maria Conlon and Chris Pratt Production Manager.

Chris explained the importance of achieving the seal. “We are delighted to have achieved the seal for the second time. We continually monitor and seek ways to improve our service, whether this is process improvement, innovation such as on screen marking, or how we interact with our customers.  The seal is a great recognition of the operational improvements we are making and will continue to make to help professional and awarding bodies.”

 

Here are some of the reasons preventing AOs from considering on screen marking. Download our SCD Myth Busters for more information on why we DO NOT subscribe to any of these statements:

MYTH 1 – “My organisation is too small to benefit from OSM”

MYTH 2 - “OSM will be difficult to roll out”

MYTH 3 - “It’s too complicated

MYTH 4 - “I don’t believe that it will speed up our marking process”

MYTH 5 - Personal data is at risk of hackers”

MYTH 6 - “I’m not sure OSM improves accuracy”

MYTH 7 - “It’s too risky” – risk can be substantially reduced

MYTH 8 - “Markers hate on screen marking”

In less than 60 minutes you can learn how OSM can help your organisation.

https://scd-uk.com/resources/on-screen-marking-demo

 

 

 

"My organisation is too small to benefit from OSM"

Every application is unique and there are many factors to consider in the business justification of our OSM. Understanding the whole script life-cycle from print to scan to marking affects the justification. We have tailored solutions for AOs from a few hundred scripts per session. It’s about bringing the value of the technology at a cost that is acceptable.

In less than 60 minutes you can learn how OSM can help your organisation.

https://scd-uk.com/resources/on-screen-marking-demo

8 Myths of On Screen Marking - Busted! 

 

Although this research was conducted 5 years ago, the discussion is still very relevant and in our opinion worth reading.

Research to investigate the quality of marking of exams in GCSEs, AS and A levels, and other academic qualifications in England. Items discussed include standardisation of markers (how this is being achieved and how efficiently), monitoring the quality of on screen marking, double marking (is the return enough to justify the investment?).

Ofqual 2014

"I'm not sure OSM improves accuracy"

When marking paper-based scripts, AOs have to wait until the scripts are returned from the markers for review. It is only then that issues may materialise about marking quality. OSM allows an Assessment team to monitor marking in a live environment and address issues mid-stream. In addition, OSM allows for seeding of profile responses to flag marking quality issues. OSM allows for item / question level marking which has been proven to improve reliability of marking by allocating more difficult questions to more experienced markers for better consistency. Item level marking can also help to reduce the “halo effect”  (marking influenced by the quality of answers on other questions on the same script) and potential examiner biases.

In less than 60 minutes you can learn how OSM can help your organisation.

8 Myths of On Screen Marking - Busted!