Star set to shine at SQA awards ceremony

Kaye Adams

Students, teachers, schools, colleges, employers and training providers from across Scotland are among the finalists in this year’s SQA Star Awards.

Nominees from as far afield as the Western Isles and East Lothian will gather at Glasgow Clyde College’s Anniesland Campus on Friday 7 November for a night of celebration and to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements and success stories that have taken place within Scottish education over the past 12 months.

The SQA Star Awards reward the individuals and organisations that work towards and deliver SQA qualifications and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

In all fifteen awards will be presented on the night for categories including School and College Candidates of the Year, the Academic Excellence award, Partnership of the Year and SQA Champion.

This year SQA will also present a special prize to the ‘Sustainable Development Educator of the Decade’.  Marking ten years of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, this unique award will recognise the achievements of an individual, school or college that has contributed to the aims set out by the UN, to fostering the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence in young people who need to engage with the environmental challenges our society faces.

Of the category winners, two will be chosen to collect SQA’s distinguished “Pride o’ Worth” awards, so named after the SQA motto and taken from Robert Burns’ poem, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”.

SQA will also offer its highest accolade, the SQA Fellowship, to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to education and training in Scotland.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres – the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications.  The ceremony gives us a chance to thank the people who give our learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential. I congratulate all the finalists on making it this far in the competition and wish them the very best of luck on the night!”

The SQA Star Awards will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and is supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership and Skills Development Scotland.

For live updates from the ceremony, follow #SQAStarAwards on Twitter