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SQA Update – October 2020

With the holidays coming we wanted to give you all a brief summary of the key changes announced by the Scottish Government and SQA on Wednesday so that you can all have a relaxing break, hopefully reassured that we have this situation under control. Below is an extract from the bulletin for pupils for tomorrow, Friday 9th.  We will communicate further early next term with both parents and pupils.

*Senior Phase pupils – As you will be aware, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon that SQA are planning to run Higher and Advanced Higher exams next May- with a delayed start time for exams of 13th May to give us more time to work with you in light of lockdown. At this same time it was announced that National 5 exams will not take place and instead pupils in National 5 courses will be assessed using an alternative certification approach which will be based on teacher and lecturer judgement supported by national assessment resources and various levels of quality assurance (to ensure a Grade C in Culloden is a Grade C in Edinburgh and Peebles).

What this means for you:

National 5 pupils need to work as hard as possible with teachers to consistently demonstrate your ability across your classwork, homework and formal assessments-  possibly including Prelims- so that we have a large body of evidence of your ability to perform at National 5 level.

Higher and Advanced Higher pupils– SQA published a 141 page document last night summarising changes to courses/assessments in light of the reduced time and learning lost during lockdown. Staff will need a short time to read the section that applies to their course and understand what the refined expectations are. Thereafter they will give you a clear summary of the course to be completed and the assessments to be undertaken.

In the meantime, old advice is still good advice: turn up, do the right things and consolidate your learning by revision and homework.  Thanks, Dr Vance