SQA hosts college quality event

01 March 2016

SQA recently hosted its annual College Quality Managers’ event at its offices in Dalkeith.

The event, which was attended by representatives from each of Scotland’s further education institutions, saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Borders College and SQA, confirming that each party would uphold existing national standards when delivering qualifications to learners across the country.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between each college and SQA over the next few weeks. David Killean, Vice Principal - Quality and Innovation, signed on behalf of Borders College while Jean Blair, Director of Operations, signed on behalf of SQA.

The event also gave college staff the opportunity to network with counterparts from across Scotland and meet with SQA staff to discuss and share best practice in the delivery of Scottish Vocational Qualifications, Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, and other SQA qualifications to their learners.

College quality managers had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops at the event; covering a range of topics including quality assurance and partnership working with a particular regard to the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.

Jean Blair, Director of Operations at SQA, said: “This annual event gives us a forum where quality managers from across the country can talk to us directly and discuss the delivery of SQA qualifications. These sessions are a necessary and important contributor to developing trust in our qualifications and understanding the standards that underpin their quality. I welcome the commitment shown by the college representatives and look forward to working with them over the coming year.”

Mr Killean added: “It is vital that Scottish colleges and SQA work together to maintain the understanding and relationships they have which strengthen the quality of the qualifications they deliver to learners across Scotland.  The trust between both parties is essential to maintaining the recognition and value that SVQs, HNCs, HNDs and other SQA courses have with students, and employers.”