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Taking your next steps – learner information and support

For some learners, the summer holidays have already begun. For many others, this last week of term will come as a welcome opportunity to hopefully relax after a uniquely challenging school year. Whatever the circumstances, everyone at SQA would like to thank you for the effort and resilience you have demonstrated. By now, your school, college or training provider will have confirmed provisional results for your National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses, and explained to you how those awards…

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SQA Appeals Service 2021 – a guide for learners

This has been a really challenging year for learners across the country. As a result of the pandemic, you have had to cope with a lot of disruption for over a year now and get to grips with the new way qualifications are being awarded. SQA has outlined the appeals service that will be used as part of the system that will award this year’s National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher qualifications – called the alternative certification model. Your teachers…

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SQA Appeals Service 2021 – a guide for parents and carers

SQA has confirmed that its new appeals service for this year’s National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher qualifications will give learners the opportunity, for the first time, to register that they want to appeal directly with SQA from Friday 25 June. The free appeals service is the fifth and final stage of the alternative certification model that will be used to award your child’s National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications this year. Your child’s teachers and lecturers are using…

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Working in partnership to deliver the ACM: a head teacher’s perspective

I am sure as you read this, many of you will be saying to yourself, “What a week this has been!” I think “That thought” could apply to quite a few weeks or months recently. On this wet Scottish Thursday morning, I have the challenge of writing this blog. I am actually finding it quite cathartic as I reflect on what we have done and achieved in our delivery of the Alternative Certification Model (ACM).

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Ensuring Scotland’s young people get the qualifications they deserve in 2021: a head teacher’s perspective

May is always a hard month – of work assessment, study and worry over attainment in the cycle of a school year. In 2021, following a global pandemic, the challenge has been greater than usual. It is important to consider this pressure in the wider context of the COVID-recovery landscape, and for school leaders to consider the parameters and guidelines negotiated and set out by leaders of the teaching unions, professional associations, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Scottish Government.…

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