Pilot Centre Themed Conversation - feedback
The first pilot centre conversation, themed around Articulation & Progression, took place on Monday 19 December. This was the first of a series of three events, with the next taking place in March and June 2023. Specific dates and themes will be confirmed in the near future.
This event allowed pilot centres to share their NextGen: HN experiences around a specific theme. Delegates heard updates on UCAS and the ongoing work in the Articulation & Progression strand, before breaking into smaller groups to discuss how Articulation & Progression is being addressed within their centres for NextGen: HN learners.
Discussion was facilitated by a NextGen: HN team member and focused on specific questions. All delegates had to the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and interesting points were made.
Some of the key messages shared were:
Many pilot centres have long-standing and strong relationships with local universities, with some of them exploring new links. Many conversations are already taking place to ensure a smooth articulation for NextGen: HN learners.
Conversations with Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are ongoing, with some centres highlighting the involvement of senior management. Continuing the communication will be a key priority.
Pilot centres will be working to ensure HEIs have a better understanding of NextGen, namely the grading model, meta-skills and course content. Some centres may require support from SQA in doing this.
There was some feedback regarding subject-specific issues, which will allow us to make necessary changes for smooth articulation.
It was concluded that continued engagement with HEIs was important to reduce concerns regarding standardisation and grading models.
Delegates acknowledged the importance of the National Articulation Database but requested additional information.
Most centres recognised the need for additional employer representation on the Articulation, Progression and Grading Advisory Group. This was particularly evident for sectors in which candidates enter directly into employment.
Attendees also had the opportunity to feed back on the session and potential themes for future pilot centre themed conversations. More information on the next event will be shared in coming weeks.