Parents Contributing to New Qualifications Development

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is developing and will deliver the next generation of national qualifications to support Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

As with any new qualification, we are ensuring that our partners, the teaching profession and stakeholders are fully involved in the development process. This includes parents.

We have established nine Curriculum Area Review Groups (CARGs) to work with us to provide advice and guidance in each curriculum area. Each review group has an important part to play in the strategic development of qualifications in their curriculum area. They also have a key role in the process of quality assuring documentation, such as the soon to be published Progress Reports for the curriculum areas.

The nine groups are: expressive arts, health and wellbeing, languages, mathematics, science, social studies, technologies, religious and moral education, and literacy and numeracy.

Each group includes a representative nominated from our key partners (Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the Scottish Government and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMiE)), the teaching profession - in schools, colleges, and universities - employers and our stakeholders, including parents. There is one parent representative on each CARG (with the exception of Religious and Moral Education) and, whilst these parent representatives are not teaching professionals, they have an interest in the curriculum area and are members of Parent Councils.

More details can be found on the SQA's dedicated CfE webpages.  Draft Progress Reports which detail the findings of the CARGs will be published on the website when they become available. A feedback facility will be available as will our MyAlerts service, which provides registered users with notification of updates to the website.

We are committed to working collaboratively with teachers, our stakeholders and parents to ensure that the new qualifications will motivate and challenge learners and allow them to move smoothly from a broad, general education into learning that leads to qualifications and employment.