SQA Star Awards 2019 - Get nominating!


The deadline to nominate for the 2019 SQA Star Awards has been extended to Friday 5 July, so you still have time to nominate your brightest stars!

The SQA Star Awards are its annual celebration of excellence in education and training.

Across thirteen categories, the awards recognise the achievements of those individuals working towards SQA qualifications, as well as the schools, colleges, training providers, and employers who deliver them.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in November at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Last year’s Star Awards highlighted inspirational young people from across Scotland who had shown dedication to their communities, as well as their studies.

Student teacher Jonathan Marshall (pictured right) lifted SQA’s prestigious individual Pride o’ Worth Award, after earlier being named School Candidate of the Year. Jonathan showed outstanding bravery and determination to overcome significant health challenges, and his positive contribution to life at his former school, Clydeview Academy in Gourock.

Jonathan was nominated for his award by Lynn MacMillan, Principal Teacher of Business Studies at Clydeview Academy. Lynn said: “From meeting Jonathan under such difficult circumstances at the start to what he has gone on to achieve is just inspirational. Nominating him was a no-brainer.”

Inverclyde Academy pupil Jason McIlroy was named SQA’s Young Person of the Year – a special award marking the Year of Young People 2018. Despite struggling to engage with school from an early age, Jason changed course after he joined a Wider Achievement group at high school, and began working towards SQA awards in Personal Achievement and Volunteering Skills.

On winning the award, Jason said: “It feels amazing. Even to be shortlisted, never mind winning it, was an achievement. I’m really proud of myself.”

There is once again a range of categories through which you can shine a light on exceptional SQA candidates, with a Candidate of the Year award on offer for school, college and training organisation learners.

Also shining at last year’s awards were schools, colleges and training providers whose innovative approach has resulted in exciting new learning opportunities.

Glasgow Clyde College was named Pride o’ Worth winner for centres for its School-College Inclusion Programme. Nicola McKenzie (pictured right, with John Swinney MSP), Development Manager at Glasgow City Council, said of being recognised: “We are absolutely thrilled beyond belief. We can’t wait to submit a nomination for next year’s awards!”

SQA qualifications are delivered across the UK and around the world. Last year, Darlington’s Thermal Insulation Contractors Association lifted the Centre of the Year in the Wider UK trophy, whilst representatives from Saegis Campus came all the way from Sri Lanka to claim the International Centre award.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: "The SQA Star Awards provide an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate the achievements of learners, as well as our centres: the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications. They are a chance to recognise innovative projects which provide new learning opportunities, and the people who go the extra mile to ensure our candidates reach their potential.”

Nominate for SQA Star Awards 2019 by Friday 5 July at www.sqa.org.uk/star