SQA responds to SSTA survey

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: "SQA’s key priority is to continue to work in partnership with teachers to listen to their concerns and provide the additional support needed to ensure the Nationals are implemented to the benefit of all our young people. The teaching unions, including the SSTA, welcomed SQA efforts to deliver additional support less than two weeks ago.

"SQA appreciates how hard teachers are working to deliver the new National qualifications and has offered very high levels of support.

"A recent example of this extra support are the additional professional development events in a range of subjects that SQA has started to run for teachers in local education authorities. To date, 28 local authorities have taken advantage of this offer.

"These are in addition to the almost 300 events supporting the new qualifications, which SQA has already delivered to 15,500 teachers and lecturers across Scotland. Of these, almost 150 focused on specific subjects and were delivered to 7,500 teachers and lecturers. 

"SQA has completed the first round of Quality Assurance of the new qualifications and this gives a comprehensive picture of areas where things are going well and has highlighted areas where further support or clarification is required. SQA has published general and subject specific Verification Key Messages on its website, to help build confidence and ensure that all schools and colleges can get the benefit of the feedback to inform their practice.

"There is clear evidence in many subjects and in many schools/colleges of good understanding of standards and good assessment practice, and in some cases of innovative practice."