Covid-19 Update 24/03/20

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Today the SQA made a significant announcement regarding coursework.  This statement can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this post.

In effect the SQA has confirmed that, in order to comply with public health advice, they will not uplift or mark any Higher or Advanced Higher coursework. However, this work can be ‘used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.’

National 5 coursework that was submitted earlier this month will be assessed by SQA markers, but any National 5 coursework that was due for submission in April or May will not be uplifted or marked. Again, any work that remains in school will be considered by our staff as they work towards finalising students’ estimate grades.

Where appropriate, and in line with SQA guidance, some coursework may be progressed via Google Classroom. Teachers will make this clear to students via Google instructions.  Students should check the relevant ‘classrooms’, via GLOW, to ensure that any work that can be completed is made a priority.

However, other and most N5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses require strict adherence to SQA assessment arrangements and so, for this reason, work completed at home on these courses cannot be considered by staff as they review the evidence that underpins the estimate grade.

For this reason, we would ask that you do not contact staff, via Google Classroom or email, to ask them to take account of any work students have undertaken at home.

We understand that this is a very frustrating time but please be reassured we will follow the guidance we have been given, by the SQA and the Scottish Government, to ensure that all students are provided with a fair and equitable service at this unprecedented time.

E-learning opportunities are available for all year groups and we hope our students are enjoying engaging with our online learning resources and interactions with staff. There should be plenty to keep all of our learners busy. S1-S3 have work set regularly, some of which is to be submitted for feedback, and S4-6 will have a number of masterclasses and/or tutorials to engage with to prepare for their next levels of study in school or as they move on to their other place of study or work.

All Google Classroom subject codes have been posted onto the Yeargroup Google Classrooms, so please ask your children to check that they are on them all. Please get in touch with Student Support if you have any particular challenges or queries around engaging with this. We are here for you!

SQA Statement 

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93658.html

 

 

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