Looking to the Future – Chief Executive

IMAGE: Janet Brown. I hope you enjoyed reading our Annual Review for 2009-2010, a year that has been one of significant achievement for SQA, in both our Accreditation and Awarding functions.

As we look to the year ahead, we face a number of exciting challenges that I know we will meet with enthusiasm, passion, innovation and creativity.

SQA is an integral part of Scotland’s education and training system. Our qualifications and services lie at the heart of the qualification, training and skills network.

Through the coming year, we will work closely with both the Scottish and UK Governments, contributing to policy development and implementation, in the context of a range of government policies and strategies. These include the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, the skills strategy Skills for Scotland; the lifelong learning strategy Life Through Learning, Learning Through Life; and the curriculum reform programme Curriculum for Excellence.

We will continue to support the Scottish Government’s international strategy and engagement plans, particularly with the Scottish Government’s China and India Plans.

As a major public body, SQA must also ensure it delivers to the National Outcomes set out by the Scottish Government in its National Performance Framework.

During the coming year our Awarding function will continue to partner with our stakeholders in the development and operational delivery of the new qualifications for Curriculum for Excellence. We will successfully deliver existing qualifications and activities and ensure that the organisation plays its part in supporting the Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery Programme.

SQA will remain committed to providing high quality qualifications and services to Scotland, both now and over the longer term. We remain committed to public sector efficiency and partnership to ensuring that we provide qualifications that meet the needs of learners, business and society.

Our Accreditation function will ensure that qualifications awarded in Scotland are developed and delivered in a way that meets the needs of both individuals and employers.

The coming year will be a very exciting period for our Midlothian operations as we relocate from Dalkeith to new, fit-for-purpose facilities at Shawfair Park, also in Midlothian. This will aid in improving our services for Scotland’s learners, helping to equip them to face the challenges of the 21st century.

I look forward to the year ahead in full knowledge that our dedicated staff are committed to making their vital contribution to Scotland’s education and training system.

Dr. Janet Brown,
SQA Chief Executive