SQA provide update on 2020 qualifications
Posted on 21 Apr 2020
Pupils across North Ayrshire have been given assurances that fairness and integrity will be key when determining exam results this year.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has this week issued guidelines and further details how they will work out grades – now that exams have been cancelled – for all pupils.
Underpinning the national approach will be three key principles. These are
- Fairness to all learners
- Safe and secure certification of our qualifications, while following the latest public health advice
- Maintaining the integrity and credibility of the qualifications system, ensuring that standards are maintained over time, in the interests of learners.
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This is clearly a worrying time for pupils and their families.
“We now have the national guidance from the SQA which determines that the results will initially be provided by teachers and lecturers - who are best placed to have a strong understanding of how their learners have performed. Based on their experience and the evidence available, they will provide an estimate on what a learner. would be expected to achieve in each course.
“An estimated grade is not just the result of one prelim or one project, but is an overall judgement based on all activity across the year.
“We want to reassure students and their families that our teachers and support staff are always available if you need to talk things through or learn more about the process.
“We wish everyone well over the coming weeks and hope you get the results you are looking for in a few months’ time.”
The estimates will be submitted to SQA by May 29 and they will carry out further detailed analysis.
Results are due to be issued on August 4.
For full details please go to https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93920.html