Coronavirus- SQA, exam diet and assessments

 

Remit

The Education and Skills Committee agreed to consider the impact of Covid-19 on the exam diet in 2020 and going forward the possible impact on the exam diet in 2021.

Timetable

2021

13 January 2021

The Committee heard evidence from two panels on the latest impact of the lockdown on learning and teaching. These panels had representatives of the SQA, Education Scotland and Teaching Unions.

You can view the meeting here.

Following on from the meeting on 13 January 2021. The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for education and Skills and to the SQA and Education Scotland. The letters can be read below. 

Submissions

The following submissions where received

Exam diet 2020 post results

12 August 2020

The Committee heard evidence on Wednesday 12 August from the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the exam results and the moderation process.

You can view the video of the meeting here

The Committee wrote to key stakeholders regarding sending in a submission for the meeting with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the exam results and the moderation process. The following submissions have been received.

Following the Committee’s evidence session with the SQA on 12th August 2020 on the exam diet and results 2020, the Committee wrote to the SQA on 20 August 2020  seeking clarity on a number of issues raised in evidence. you can read the letter to the SQA and the response.

The Convener wrote to Professor Mark Priestley on the upcoming short term review on the events following the cancellation of the exam diet and the alternative certification model put in place by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). You can read the letter below.

11 November 2020

The Committee heard evidence from Professor Mark Priestley and Dr Marina Shapira on the National Qualifications Experience 2020- Rapid Review Report and then from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on the Exam diet.

You can view the video of the meeting here.

The following submissions have been received in response to the report.  

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to follow-up on various points raised during the meeting on 11 November. The letter from the Convener  and the response from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills can be read below.

Exam Diet 2020- pre-results

1 May 2020

At its meeting on the 1 May 2020 the Committee heard evidence from the SQA on the impact on exams and assessment in 2020.

You can view a video of the meeting here.

Following the Committee’s evidence session with the SQA on 1st May on the cancellation of the exam diet, the Committee wrote to the SQA on 8 May seeking clarity on a number of issues raised in evidence. you can read the letter to the SQA and their response below.

The Committee has written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the evidence given by the SQA. Read the letter and the response from the Equality and Human rights Commission.

The Convener wrote to the Chief executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the exam diet.  The letter from the Convener and the response from the SQA are noted below.

Children and Young People Commissioner Scotland

The Head of Advice and Investigations at the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has written to the SQA following the publication of our independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment.

Submissions and Focus Group Notes 

The Committee  held three focus groups with teachers and received the following submission from individual teachers and organisations. The notes and submissions are below.  

The Committee received the following submissions from teachers and trade unions in relation to a number of questions in relation the SQA and this years exam diet. 

Submissions from individual teachers

Submissions from teaching unions

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Committee also received feedback from Young people with the help of the Scottish Youth Parliament in partnership with YouthLink and YoungScot We also received feedback from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. This feedback can be read below.

Submissions received since 1st May 2020

 
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