SQA Update

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Following a consultation with teachers and lecturers, young people and their parents and carers across Scotland the SQA are currently working on a set of possible changes to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses and exams for 2020-21 to reflect the current situation with Covid-19 and possible disruption to learning and teaching.

These changes were originally due to be shared at the end of August, in order for schools and colleges to amend courses appropriately and share this information with students, parents and carers. This was later delayed until later in September and today, Wednesday 16th September,  there has been a further statement from the SQA advising that the SQA has paused its proposals for 2020-21 until after publication of the Priestley Review, expected later this month.

The statement from the SQA reads as follows:
“We fully recognise that teachers, lecturers and learners are seeking clarity on these issues as quickly as possible, but it is also beneficial that the system receives as much clarity and certainty as possible at the one time, when all the related information is available, so an informed decision about next steps can be made.
This means that we will be able to provide teachers and lecturers with a package of support, including the details of modifications to courses, the exam timetable and guidance on the collection of appropriate assessment evidence.”

Whilst we await the recommendations of the SQA, our Subfect Teams are currently in the process of reviewing our approaches to certification in 2020 and improving our approach. Our aim is to ensure that there are fair, transparent, robust approaches to assessment and evidence gathering across all certification subjects. We are currently developing an Assessment Calendar which will indicate key assessment dates across subjects and our aim is to share this, and provide an overview of SQA arrangements for this session, with students, parents and carers prior to the October holiday. In the meantime, we are continuing to develop digital approaches to support the learning of all students, and particularly those required to self-isolate.

Here is a link to the full statement from the SQA https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/95144.html

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