As you may be aware the Education Secretary, John Swinney made a statement in Parliament regarding SQA exams.
The SQA’s alternative certification model was put in place after exams were cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19). After listening to the concerns of affected young people, parents, and teachers over the last week, Ministers are directing the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to re-issue downgraded awards solely on the basis of teacher judgement, without reference to historical patterns.
As a result:
- Where a teacher estimate was adjusted down by the SQA, candidates will receive the grade the teacher awarded
- Candidates whose entries were adjusted up by the SQA will retain the higher grade
- The SQA will inform schools or colleges of the revised results by Friday 21 August. New certificates will be issued in due course.
The SQA will provide new grades to UCAS and other college and university admissions bodies. If you have requested, or were planning an appeal, this will no longer be necessary.
New College Lanarkshire will today (14th August) be emailing all impacted students with information about their new grade.
Any new grade was determined by members of the course team coming together and reviewing the key evidence which may have included prelim or mock papers, additional tasks or assignments, performance or practical evidence.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact NCL. You can reach the team by emailing NCLtogether@nclan.ac.uk.