SQA update 24 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Information on the SQA Statement to Schools on Coursework for National Courses

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, SQA are continuing to work hard on how they should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young peoples’ final grades.

SQA have assured schools that they will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.

The current public health advice has meant that they have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

They have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.

They appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.

SQA have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.

SQA will provide further details on the estimation of grades that they will need from teachers in school to inform certification, and fuller details of their approach to certification, as soon as possible.

SQA have noted that this is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, they will continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

SQA notes it is fully committed to working with schools to deliver for Scotland’s young people.

Craig Biddick

Acting Head Teacher

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