FOI24/25 022 Access to Scripts Trial

Date published: 20/06/2024

FOI reference: 24/25 022

Date received: 23/05/2024

Date responded: 20/06/2024

Information requested

I would be grateful if you could provide the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The SQA released information today highlighting that it had carried out “a successful limited trial in 2023 with a small group of schools across two subject areas”, providing centres with access to marked exam papers. The release said on the back of this initial trial the SQA planned to carry out a wider pilot following this year’s exams, with marked papers in five subject areas to be made available to schools on exam results day.

I would like to request any information held by the SQA summarising how the 2023 trials were carried out and the results/findings of the 2023 trials. This might for instance include any written reports on the trials setting out the methodology used and the key findings – or presentations.

Essentially, I’m hoping through this foi to better understand what the SQA learned from the 2023 trials and to better understand what the trials involved – including how many schools were involved and which subjects were involved.


The information relating to your request is contained within the attached documents.

 Please note that the names and identifying information of SQA staff below Head of Service level and non-SQA staff have been removed under section 38 (1)(b) as this is considered personal information. Also removed is text considered to be out of scope of the request.

The names of the participating centres have been removed as there is an expectation of anonymity on the part of the centres.


foi-24-25-022-1139-access-to-scripts-pid-redacted.pdf (641 KB)

foi-24-25-022-1139 Project-closure-report-redacted.pdf (754 KB)

foi-24-25-022-2023-access-to-scripts-trial--centre-guidance-010823-redacted.pdf (387 KB)

foi-24-25-022-20231030-access-to-scripts-summary-and-recommendations-redacted.pdf (198 KB)