Hayward Review of Qualifications and Assessment

Monday 28th November 2022

As indicated in recent HT Weekly Updates we will provide parents/careers the opportunity to contribute to Phase Two of an independent review of Senior Phase Qualifications and Assessment.  The Review is being led by Professor Louise Hayward.  To this end all parents/carers are invited to a consultation event to be held in school on Wednesday 30th November beginning at 7.00pm.  Professor Hayward will not be at our meeting but school staff will ensure we do as much as we can to de-jargon the consultation and allow us to capture Lasswade HS parent/carer views.

The review is possibly,  for secondary schools,  the most significant part of a wider reform process.  It could result in significant changes in how young people gain qualifications in the later years of school.  It is likely that any reform agreed will impact most on BGEd students however we are keen that parents/carers of Senior Phase students also attend as they can speak from first-hand experience on the strengths/weaknesses of the current system.

The Review will progress through three phases and as stated we are currently in Phase Two.  This phase now has a closing date of Friday 13th January 2023.

For your information Phase One invited feedback on a draft Vision and Principles statement. Draft statements were first developed with representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Children’s Parliament and feedback sought. The feedback received during Phase One is being analysed by an independent researcher.

We are now in Phase Two of the process. This phase seeks to consult on proposals for potential Options on the future of Qualifications and Assessment.  The evidence from responses to this phase will be independently analysed and used to identify a preferred proposal.  On Wednesday we aim to capture the views of our parent/carer body.  Next week all students will be asked to give their views through PSEd.

Phase Three begins in January 2023 and will seek views on the preferred proposal for the future of Qualifications and Assessment. In this phase the focus will be concerned with practical implications.

Following completion of all three phases Professor Hayward will produce a final report and recommendations which will be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in March 2023.

Further information and details on the review are available via the following link click here

In addition, individual parent/carers are able to respond with a dedicated parent/carer response form is available via this link click here Please access the Parents and Carers Survey at the bottom of link page.

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