SQA Corporate Parenting

Starting out - SQA as a corporate parent 2015-18

SQA was enormously proud to be named as a national corporate parent in April 2015.

As a corporate parent, we have a duty to provide care-experienced young people with the kind of support that any good parent would give their own children, to ensure that all aspects of their development are nurtured. At SQA, we are committed to helping our care-experienced young people realise the brighter futures they deserve.

Our first Corporate Parenting Plan, published in March 2016, set out the actions we agreed to take during 2015-18 to make a difference to SQA's care-experienced young learners.

Where we are now

Over the last three years we have worked hard to meet our responsibilities as a corporate parent. We have embraced the opportunity to engage with care-experienced young people, to listen to their aspirations and to explore with them what they need and can expect from us. In April 2018 we published our leaflet ‘SQA is a proud corporate parent’ to report the progress we have made to meet our corporate parenting responsibilities.

SQA's corporate parenting commitments 2018-21

SQA is in a unique position to make some very clear guarantees to Scotland's care-experienced young people. We recently revised and consulted on our draft corporate parenting commitments (109 KB) and will shortly publish our Corporate Parenting Plan for the next 3 years to show how we aim to make a difference.

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their feedback on our revised commitments. Your input has been extremely helpful. In particular we would like to thank members of the Young People's Champions Board, Who Cares? Scotland, our internal Corporate Parenting Steering Group and colleagues across SQA for their support and guidance.

Replacement certificate

SQA is pleased to be able to offer a replacement certificate without charge for any care experienced learner aged 26 years and under.

This service applies to any learner who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background, at any stage of their life. This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as in residential care, foster care, kinship care or looked after at home. 

To request a replacement certificate, please download and complete SQA’s Care Experienced Replacement Certificate (140 KB) form and email this to replacement.certificates@sqa.org.uk. You can also read SQA’s Guidance (131 KB) on requesting a replacement certificate to find out more.  Please note the replacement certificate order must be certified by a person who can confirm your care status.

Return of external assessment materials

SQA also offers the return of externally assessed materials without charge for any care-experienced learner aged 26 years and under.