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Exams and qualifications (COVID-19)
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Exams and qualifications (COVID-19)

National 5 results in 2020-2021

On 7 October, the Deputy First Minister announced that for 2020–21, National 5 results will be based on teacher judgement supported by a robust set of checks — or quality assurance — which will be carried out by your child’s school, local authority and SQA.

The National Qualifications 2021 Group has overseen the development of the quality assurance process which will support teachers in providing your child’s provisional results for session 2020–21. Provisional results will be based on teacher’s professional judgement of your child’s evidence. The results will be finalised following various layers of quality assurance, including sampling by SQA senior subject specialists.

More information on this model can be found on the SQA website. Information on North Ayrshire school’s approaches will be available soon.

Higher and Advanced Higher Examinations

The Deputy First Minister has updated plans for the 2021 examination diet.  Higher and Advanced Higher examinations will not go ahead and will be replaced with an alternative certification model similar to that of National 5 qualifications.  We await further information and guidance from SQA and will communicate this with you as soon as possible.

Further information

Further statements and updates can be found via the SQA website.