SQA Update – Provisional Results and Appeals Procedure

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications are being awarded in a different way using the Alternative Certification Model. On Wednesday 23rd June your child will receive their results. All students in Midlothian will receive their results on this date.

Provisional Results for this year are based on ‘demonstrated attainment’ which is work that students have completed under assessment conditions.  Our assessment model has allowed for flexibility to ensure that our students have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their best work, following SQA guidance. The Provisional Results your child receives will not be changed by the SQA.

All staff have worked incredibly hard to cross check our assessments against the national standards. We have also taken part in moderation activities with our colleagues in other schools to ensure that students’ results are fair and consistent.

Awards for Pass/ Fail qualifications such as National 3, National 4 and Level 4/5/6 Awards are being processed differently and these will not be in our email tomorrow. If you have completed one of these courses, you will receive confirmation of your results from the SQA directly. 

How was my child’s grade decided?

If you want to know how your child’s grade in a particular subject has been determined, a summary of this is available on your child’s  relevant Subject Google Classroom. Whilst we know that you and your child may wish to find out more about their performance in a particular part of a qualification, our ability to discuss this with students in detail is limited due to the short timeframe available and continued safety mitigations for COVID-19. In the remaining time that we have before the summer break, we will prioritise ensuring any appeals requests are fully investigated.

Teachers will be able to provide feedback and further information about particular aspects of a qualification following the SQA certification in August. However, if you feel one of your child’s qualifications is incorrect, please follow the Appeals process detailed below. 

Can I appeal my child’s grade?

Every effort is being made to ensure your child gets the right result, first time. However, the ability to appeal a grade is important. The SQA have recently published information for the Appeals this session which can be found on the SQA website and in the information booklet available here.

If your child would like to appeal their grade in a particular subject, please contact the school in the first instance using this Google form. We can then discuss the process with you and investigate  the Provisional Result, allowing you and your child to make an informed decision. 

You can register a request to appeal on the SQA website from Friday 25th June until Thursday 12th August. Following this, the SQA will contact schools with any appeals related to further or higher education processed as a priority appeal. 

Can my child change their course choices?

If, following their Provisional Results, your child would like to reconsider their coursing for 2021-22, e.g. because your child has not achieved the grades they had expected, please contact your Student Support teacher at:

MEWellbeing.Lasswade@mgfl.net

MKWellbeing.Lasswade@mgfl.net

SAWellbeing.Lasswade@mgfl.net

SLWellbeing.Lasswade@mgfl.net

Do this as soon as you can, our aim is to re-course as many students as possible before we finish on Friday 25th June.  Please note there will be a narrow re-coursing window in August to finalise this process.  We aim to ensure all re-coursing will be completed by Friday 20th August.

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