Using NAR to create and upload materials

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Video guide to using the National Assessement Resource (NAR) to create and upload assessment materials to share with other practitioners.

There's more advice on creating and uploading assessment materials in the NAR Help.


Using the tools available on NAR will enable you to create and upload your own assessment materials for sharing with other practitioners. You can upload assessment materials, create assessment questions or build an assessment using questions you have created, that have been created by others or have been created by the SQA.

Upload Assessment Materials: A NAR exemplar template in the form of a Word document can be found within the welcome section of your homepage. The template helps you provide appropriate information and context for the assessment materials you upload to NAR.

You can download this template as a basis for materials you wish to share.

Once you have completed all the information requested on the template, you can upload this to NAR. 

To do this, click on ‘Upload’, enter a title that you feel describes the resource and will allow others to find it, then click on ‘Browse’ to locate the file on your drives. 

Select the appropriate file, click on ‘Open’, select that you have read and agreed to the upload terms, click on ‘Upload Resource’. 

This will now be saved in your ‘My Work’ area and will only be available to you. In order for others to use your materials, you will need to describe, classify and publish them onto NAR.

Click on the resource you wish to publish, then click on ‘Describe Resource’.  You should give a clear and concise description of the resource that you are going to upload. Our description is ‘Practical Activities Using Paper Aeroplanes to Estimate and Measure’. 

We must now classify our question. Click on ‘Add a Classification’, click on ‘Classify’. To classify our questions in curriculum experiences and outcomes, click on it.  Chosen classifications will be highlighted, then expand, then select the appropriate curriculum area. 

Our resource relates to technologies.  We can expand this to further classify it within ‘craft design: engineering and graphics contexts for developing technological skills and knowledge’.  And in this case we can even classify its experience and outcome. 

And you can, of course, choose more than one experience and outcome. The more we can classify a resource, the more others will be able to find it and use it. 

Next we need to classify our resource under Curriculum Level. Again select and expand to reveal all the options.  Our question is a second level resource. You would continue to classify for Curriculum Stage and Curriculum Subject. 

We must ensure that this resource is classified under Level of Moderation. When uploading materials you should specify the Level of Moderation for example, National Moderation, Authority, Cluster, School, Departmental, Peer and No, meaning self-moderation.

Local authorities can put forward exemplars created by practitioners for national Quality Assurance and moderation.

We would strongly recommend that you do not publish any resources or material that have been self-moderated as items you publish into the National Collection cannot be retrieved, edited or changed. 

Our resource has been peer moderated.  Once you have completed the classification you should click save and exit. This will take you to the resource page of your ‘My Work’ area where the resource can be edited by you, printed or downloaded. 

If you decide that you want to publish your resource for others to view and use and that it has been moderated appropriately, click ‘Publish Resource’ to add this to the NAR Collection.  A dialogue box will inform you if your upload has been successful.

To find out more detailed information about uploading assessment materials, you can visit the Help file at the very top of the page. 

Practitioners can use exemplars and assessment materials as a focus for discussion and agreement on standards and expectations.

Look at the starter task in the ‘Using NAR for Assessment’ guide

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