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02/11/2020Entries for European Modern Languages from 2016 to date
<p>The number of students pursuing an SQA National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualification in a European Modern Language, including French, Italian, German and Spanish from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 academic sessions</p><p>SQA only holds information relating to students who have been entered for SQA qualifications. We do not hold information about the number of students studying modern languages if they are not entered for an SQA qualification.</p> <p>The total numbers of students entered for SQA Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in European Modern Languages is published on our website each year. The <a href="94723.html">2020 figures can be accessed here</a>. Select Attainment Statistics (August) 2020 Revised. Within this table the SCQF 5 tab is for Nat 5, SCQF 6 for Higher and SCQF 7 for Advanced Higher. The total entries for each subject are then listed.</p> <p>The <a href="57518.html">entries for the previous years can be accessed here</a>. Select the year required from the drop down menu. Then select the level of qualification required. The total entries for each subject are then listed.</p> <p>The entries for 2021 will be published on our website on results day in 2021.</p>
04/11/2020Review Response
<p>Request for review</p><p>Please find attached SQA's response to your request for review under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.</p>
03/11/2020Attainment Statistics
<p>Can I please have access to the attainment statistics data for all schools in Scotland for 2010-2019 for National 5 and Higher qualifications. I am happy to receive related data if this data I have requested is not available. I am also happy to receive less years of data if it is not possible to get data from 2010.</p><p>SQA publishes attainment data by centre type each year.  The information you have requested for all schools is published on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.    Select the year you require from the drop down menu.   Then for 2014-2019 select Attainment Statistics (August) Schools.   For the earlier years 2010-2013 select Pre-Appeal National Course and Awards Result Statistics - Schools.</p>
03/11/2020Grade Boundary Process
<p>I am writing to complain about the response to my FOI request. I had asked how the SQA had previously used information to calibrate results in previous years. In particular I was interested in how a pupils school or where they live impacted that calibration.</p> <p>The response I got denied that the pupils school or where they live impacted the calibration. However the response did not answer how and what information is used. Instead it simply included a link to an SQA document which essentially said that quantitative and qualitative data is used. This does not answer my request. What is the quantitative and qualitative data that is used?</p> <p>Additionally at one point the document says the process takes into account the impact on an individual but again does not detail what that is?</p> <p>The response is wholly unacceptable. Can the SQA please provide the detail I originally requested please?</p><p>Response</p> <p>SQA does not calibrate results.  And a pupil's school or where they live has no impact on the Grade Boundary process.</p> <p>SQA has a responsibility to individual learners and to the wider community to ensure that the standard of our qualifications is set appropriately and maintained over time and across courses.  SQA provided you with information about the Grade Boundary process in response to your request to understand the methods that the SQA have used over the last decade to moderate exam results.  We provided you with the published information about the Grade Boundary process. </p> <p>SQA is responsible for writing the exam questions they are not responsible for how they are answered. SQA sets the exam questions each year and has expectations on how they will perform.   Grade boundaries are set in line with this intended demand of the assessment ie the accepted norm is that 70 and above would be an A Grade. If however the assessment did not function as intended, the grade boundaries are adjusted appropriately.   Grade Boundary meetings are for the moderation of the assessment demand.   They cover all subjects and all levels.   The 2019 Grade Boundary tables can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.   Select Grade Boundaries 2019 for a list of the marks for each grade boundary in 2019.  </p> <p>Course Reports are produced each year.   These are written up each year after the Awarding Meetings (details of these are provided in the document <a href="http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/A_Guide_to_Setting_Grade_Boundaries_v1.3.pdf">A Guide to Setting Grade Boundaries</a> which was provided in our previous response to you).  The Course Report provides information on the performance of the year's cohort and is provided as a guide for those who may be preparing candidates for future assessments in this subject.  Here is a link to the <a href="http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/2019N5CourseReportEnglish.pdf">Course Report</a> for National 5 English in 2019.   If you are interested in the Course Reports for other subjects here is a link to the <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45625.html">National Qualifications</a> pages.  Select the subject and then the required level and the Course Report is listed on this page.</p> <p>You have also asked about the qualitative and quantitative data that is used.   This data allows the Awarding Meetings to judge whether the assessment has performed as expected.   And this is the qualitative and quantitative data referred to in the Guide to Setting Grade Boundaries.</p> <p>The range of qualitative information that the Awarding Meetings takes into consideration relates to:</p> <ul> <li>The setting of the assessment — was there any change in the team(s) involved in setting the question paper and/or coursework, has there been a change in course structure, components, the length of the examination, the maximum marks, the grade descriptors or intended demand of the assessment?</li> <li>The marking of the assessment — was there any change to how marking was carried out (for instance, a move to central marking)?</li> <li>Assessment performance — did questions and/or coursework tasks perform as planned?</li> </ul> <p>The range of quantitative information relates to the full cohort for that year.   The key point to note here is that no individual candidate or centre information is considered as part of this process.</p> <p>The key statistical information which SQA uses to judge assessment performance for each subject and level contains information such as the average mark nationally for each assessment component.   The 2019 Component Marks and National Mean Marks can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/91418.html">here</a>.   The Awarding Meeting will also look at a statistical item analysis of the performance of each question. </p> <p>This combination of qualitative and quantitative data allows the Awarding Meetings to judge whether the assessment has performed as expected.</p>
03/11/2020Appeal Statistics 2020
<p>Can I request the appeal uphold rates by school and school area for the last decade for National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers?</p><p>This is the first year that there have been appeals and as they are still in progress, there is no finalised data available as yet.  The Results Services Statistical Tables will be published in December as per our <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48513.8316.html">Publication Schedule</a>.    Please note these tables are published by course.</p> <p>Since Curriculum for Excellence started in 2014 until 2019, centres could request a clerical check or review of marking through the post results service (PRS) and the statistics have been published for this and are available on the SQA website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.   Select the year required from the drop down menu.  Then select the Results Services Statistical Tables.</p> <p>From 2010 until 2013, there was an appeals service which was different to Post Results Service.  Again these tables are published on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.   Select the year required from the drop down menu.    Then select the National Qualifications Appeals Analysis.</p>
04/11/2020Ministerial Direction Correspondence
<p>Any information held regarding the consultation that allegedly took place between the Scottish Government and the SQA regarding the Ministerial direction issued to the SQA on the evening of 11 August 2020. This should include any communications between the Scottish Government and the SQA on this matter, any briefings produced or notes of relevant meetings, or any typed or hand written notes produced in relation to this consultation.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
05/11/2020Estimate Change Requests
<p>How many requests did the SQA receive from centres to change individual pupil estimates ahead of the deadline (i.e. total number of individual grade changes requested)? What percentage of all such requests were rejected?</p><p>SQA received 57 requests from centres before the 29 May deadline to change an estimated grade, of which 6 impacted the final estimated grade.</p>
16/11/2020Communications with OFQUAL
<p>Communications (including letters, emails, text messages and phone calls) between the SQA and OFQUAL regarding the awarding of qualifications in 2020. I would like this information from 03 August to 2020 to 30 August 2020.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files. The correspondence has been redacted for personal details only.</p>
20/11/2020Attainment Statistics 2020
<p>I would like names of the three schools which had the three highest amount of Higher's increased from grade C to grade B and grade B to A in this years exams</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the tables attached.</p>
20/11/2020National Progression Awards in Business
<p>I would like to know the following information in relation to the National Progression Awards in Business and IT being delivered in Secondary Schools Name of Awarding Centre (Secondary School) Number of Level 6 awards in 2020 Number of Level 6 awards in 2019 Number of Level 6 awards in 2018 Number of Level 5 awards in 2020 Number of Level 5 awards in 2019 Number of Level 5 awards in 2018</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than five, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.  Where the number is smaller than five the figure has been replaced with an asterisk*.</p>
20/11/2020Attainment Statistics 2014-2019
<p>Number of students achieving 5As or more at Higher from maintained/state schools in the years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
20/11/2020Appeal Statistics 2020
<p>Please can you tell me about post-results requests (by schools ) to alter in-school estimates. How many requests for individual candidates estimates to be changed i.e. not how many schools made a request, but how many candidates in total was a grade change request made in respect of nationally. What percentage of those requests were successful (i.e. what percentage of individual candidates estimates were changed as requested).</p><p>SQA will be publishing the requested information in the Appeals Tables 2020, which will be released on 01 December 2020.</p> <p>This publication will show, amongst other things, the total entries (by course) for which an appeal was received, the reason for the appeal and whether the appeal was accepted or rejected.</p> <p>Our publication schedule, which provides a forward look at planned SQA publications can be found here: <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48513.8316.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48513.8316.html</a></p>
20/11/2020Attainment Statistics by Male and Female
<p>May I ask that these data be supplied under a FOI request to SQA as a public authority as an alternative please. My understanding is that this route removes the risk of people misunderstanding the information, in the way you set out, as a factor you need to consider.</p> <p> </p> <p>Specifically the request is for the SCQF level 6 Higher and SCQF level 7 Advanced Higher grade distributions by subject and sex, as reported here -</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020_Male.xls">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020_Male.xls</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020_Female.xls">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020_Female.xls</a></p> <p> </p> <p>but for the grade distribution resulting from the 4 August ACM process (that is, the distribution reported here for men and women in aggregate <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020.xls">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Attainment_Statistics_(August)_2020.xls)</a></p><p>A request for information under either of the Freedom of Information Acts in the UK is a request to put the information into the public domain where it can then be interpreted and used for any purpose.    SQA has a responsibility to ensure that any information about candidate attainment that is available in the public domain is accurate in terms of the grades awarded and certificated.</p> <p>SQA has published a summary analysis contained in the Equality Impact Assessment for the Alternative Certification Model published on 4 August  and this can be accessed at: <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2020-sqa-alternative-certification-model-equality-impact-assessment.pdf">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2020-sqa-alternative-certification-model-equality-impact-assessment.pdf</a></p> <p>However as we have already indicated to you SQA has no plans to publish a breakdown of the ACM grades by sex in the format specified by you in your request for several reasons.  Firstly, to do so would result in inaccurate information about candidate achievement being deliberately published by SQA which would not be in the public interest.   Secondly, under the Alternative Certification Model the moderation was carried out without reference to  any personal characteristics of candidates. Therefore, to imply any causal effect was attributable to differences in sex would be inaccurate.   Thirdly, regardless of the awarding process used to generate the candidate achievement in 2020, the total number of awards made by sex for each subject was unaffected. </p>
27/11/2020Review Response
<p>Request for review</p><p>Please find attached SQA's response to your request for review under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.</p>
27/11/2020ACM Method for 2020 Awarding
<p>On page 13 of the recent report into the summer exams scandal, led by Prof Priestley, the authors note that: "SQA had clearly debated the pros and cons of releasing this information, and told us that the decision not to share more details about the implications of the model was based on a perceived need to avoid undue stress for students, parents/carers and teacher."</p> <p>The "information" being referred to relates to the ACM method developed by the SQA, in particular (but clearly not limited to) the possibility of "warning schools" about aspects of the system.</p> <p> Under FOISA, I would like you to release the following information:</p> <p>•           All communications (external and internal) in which the matter of releasing or not releasing the information in question is discussed</p> <p>•           Full details and documents (dates, attendees, minutes, personal notes etc) of all meetings at which this matter was discussed</p><p>In our review response to you on 07 October 2020 the reviewer stated that “I can confirm that there is nothing recorded which meets your request as no decision was taken to delay publication of the methodology for awarding grades and the Equality Impact Assessment”.  This is still the case and SQA does not hold any written information which meets your request.</p>
27/11/2020Scottish Stakeholder Research Programme
<p>In the SQA News publication in May 2020 the following information was provided:</p> <p> </p> <p>Ashbrook Research & Consultancy</p> <p>Every year, we ask Ashbrook to carry out a programme of research among our key stakeholders. Even though the current social distancing measures are proving a challenge to us all, we still need to ensure that you have the opportunity to share your views with us.</p> <p>This research will commence with employers and training providers over the next couple of weeks. We will carry out the school and college fieldwork in early June so that the research doesn't clash with the 29 May deadline for submitting National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher estimates.</p> <p>Carrying out this research helps us to measure how we support you and identifies improvements that we can make. If you are contacted by one of the Ashbrook researchers and are able to take part in their short survey, we will be extremely grateful, as you will be helping to shape the way in which we continue to support you.</p> <p>Under FOISA I would like the SQA to release material relating to the research referred to above.</p> <p>Please provide:</p> <p>1.         The final report provided to the SQA</p> <p>2.         Any supporting material provided to the SQA if not also included in the report (for example, details of the question)</p> <p>3.         Any submissions to the research by the SQA if not also included in full in the report</p><p>The research referred to in your quote above from the SQA News Publication in May 2020 is part of our Scottish stakeholder research programme.   SQA has a contract to provide an ongoing programme of stakeholder research to inform the work that SQA carries out. This is awarded under the Scottish Government Marketing Services framework. All research companies on the framework are asked to tender for the contract as and when it comes up for renewal, in line with the framework rules.</p>
27/11/2020Scottish Stakeholder Research Programme
<p>In the SQA News publication in May 2020 the following information was provided:</p> <p>Ashbrook Research & Consultancy</p> <p>Every year, we ask Ashbrook to carry out a programme of research among our key stakeholders. Even though the current social distancing measures are proving a challenge to us all, we still need to ensure that you have the opportunity to share your views with us.</p> <p>This research will commence with employers and training providers over the next couple of weeks. We will carry out the school and college fieldwork in early June so that the research doesn't clash with the 29 May deadline for submitting National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher estimates.</p> <p>Carrying out this research helps us to measure how we support you and identifies improvements that we can make. If you are contacted by one of the Ashbrook researchers and are able to take part in their short survey, we will be extremely grateful, as you will be helping to shape the way in which we continue to support you.</p> <p>Under FOISA I would like the SQA to release material relating to the research referred to above.</p> <p>Please provide all internal communications discussing the content of the report on the research detailed above.</p><p>The research referred to in your quote above from the SQA News Publication in May 2020 is part of our Scottish stakeholder research programme.   SQA has a contract to provide an ongoing programme of stakeholder research to inform the work that SQA carries out. This is awarded under the Scottish Government Marketing Services framework. All research companies on the framework are asked to tender for the contract as and when it comes up for renewal, in line with the framework rules.</p> <p>There are three tranches of research for this programme every year, of which the research mentioned above is the first of 2020. We ask a core set of questions which are asked in all three tranches. The report that covers these questions are only provided to SQA once all three tranches have been completed. This happens annually, and the report should be complete in February 2021.</p> <p>Since the final report has not yet been provided to SQA there is no internal communications discussing the content of this report.  Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.</p>
27/11/2020Stakeholder Research Finance
<p>I would like to request the following information under FOISA:</p> <p>1.         How much, in total, has the SQA spent on services from Ashbrook Research & Constultancy since 2001?</p> <p>2.         How much, in total, has the SQA spent on services from Ashbrook Research & Consultancy each year since 2001?</p><p>All information about SQA Procurement is available on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35865.html">here</a>.  SQA has a contract to provide an ongoing programme of stakeholder research. This is awarded under the Scottish Government Marketing Services framework. All research companies on the framework are asked to tender for the contract as and when it comes up for renewal, in line with the framework rules. The current version of the contract expires in March 2022, although SQA has an option to extend it for a further year.</p> <p>Ashbrook Research & Consultancy currently hold this contract and have carried out SQA's stakeholder research under this and previous contracts.  The stakeholder research programme is longitudinal, so allowing SQA to track changes in views over time and to gather feedback from SQA's stakeholder groups. In the past, a considerable focus for the programme was the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence. Ashbrook also carry out a range of smaller ad hoc pieces of research for SQA which are procured in line with public sector procurement policy.</p> <p>Research work is also recorded in SQA's annual <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39108.html">PSRA</a> submission to Scottish Government.</p> <p>The overall spend on services from Ashbrook Research & Consultancy since 2006 is £2,291,456.90.  SQA does not hold information from 2001 as you request.  This figure is broken down by year, below, as requested.</p> <p> </p> <p>2006 - £3,452.87</p> <p>2007 - £98,131.88</p> <p>2008 - £89,451.71</p> <p>2009 - £94,678.66</p> <p>2010 - £134,037.82</p> <p>2011 - £98,139.15</p> <p>2012 - £180,339.29</p> <p>2013 - £217,387.38</p> <p>2014 - £194,368.12</p> <p>2015 - £215,731.28</p> <p>2016 - £204,918.58</p> <p>2017 - £193,915.16</p> <p>2018 - £205,050.80</p> <p>2019 - £213,516.16</p> <p>2020 - £148,338.04</p>
27/11/20202021 Higher and Advanced Higher Examinations
<p>The Scottish Government recently announced that National 5 examinations would not go ahead in 2021 but that Higher and Advanced Higher exams are currently being planned for. Clearly - and as admitted by politicians - there is a significant risk of ongoing disruption to education through the winter months, and as such I would like to request material regarding contingency planning.</p> <p> </p> <p>Please release the following under FOISA:</p> <p>1.         All materials detailing plans to deal with different eventualities regarding the 2021 Higher and Advanced Higher exams</p> <p>2.         Details of any meetings at which such plans were discussed (this includes dates, attendees, minutes, personal notes etc)</p><p>Please see the attached paper regarding National Qualifications for Academic Year 2020/21.</p> <p> </p> <p>This paper was presented and discussed at the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group Meeting on 31 July 2020.The Scottish Government has published information about the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group on their website.The minutes from the meeting on 31 July 2020 and all other minutes from the meetings of this group can be accessed <a href="https://www.gov.scot/groups/covid-19-education-recovery-group/">here</a> along with a list of members of the group.</p>
03/12/2020Audit Committee Minutes
<p>As I've not had a response to my chasing emails on the following, please accept this email as a fresh FOI request for copies of the minutes of the SQA Audit Committee meetings from May 2017 until the date of this request.</p><p>The minutes of the SQA Audit Committee meetings from May 2017 to date have now been published on our website and can be accessed at the following web address</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/96018.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/96018.html</a></p>
08/12/2020IT Strategy
<p>I wish to submit a request for some of the organisation's information around the internal plans and strategy documents around ICT. The ICT documents I require is the most recent update.I wish to obtain the following documents:</p> <p>1. ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy- The IT department strategy or plans, highlights their current and future objectives.</p> <p>2. ICT Org Chart- A visual document that presents the structure of the IT department, please include name and job titles. If this cannot be sent, please work towards a structure with job titles.</p> <p>3. ICT Annual or Business Plan- Like the ICT strategy but is more annually focused.</p> <p>4. ICT Capital Programme/budget- A document that shows financials budget on current and future projects.</p> <p>If some of these documents are not valid, please state when the 2020 ICT documents are planned to be published.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
10/12/2020National Attainment Statistics
<p>Following from last year's exams and the number of issues after, I am requesting statistics of those who passed at N5, Higher and Advance Higher level. The time periods I'm looking for academic year 2018/19 in comparison with 2019/20 results.</p><p>The information you have requested is published on our website and can be accessed at the following link</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/64717.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/64717.html</a></p> <p>Select the file Attainment Statistics (December) 2020.   Within this spreadsheet the tab SCQF 5 covers National 5 attainment, SCQF 6 covers Higher and SCQF 7 covers Advanced Higher.   For each level the attainment from 2019 and 2020 are shown side by side for comparison.</p>
15/12/2020IT Systems
<p>Please release the following information under FOISA:</p> <p>•   Which systems provided by the SQA currently require users to install Adobe Flash on their device? This may include materials for candidates, markers, SQA staff etc.</p> <p>•   By which date will each of these systems be updated so that Flash is no longer required for their use? (if no date has been set then please make this clear)</p><p>SQA has appropriate plans in place to manage our various systems.  It is our view that publicly confirming details of any plans could introduce an additional risk, and potentially compromise the security of services delivered.  We therefore apply section 35(1)(a) to your request. Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in transparency about the systems SQA uses.</p>
15/12/2020SQA Certificates
<p>I was looking into the topic of SQA certificates</p> <p>1  How many students sat exams in 2019?<br /> 2  How many students sat exams in 2018?<br /> 3  How many students sat exams in 2017?<br /> 4  I would like to know the number of SQA certificates that have been reported as delivered in 2019?<br /> 5  I would like to know the number of SQA certificates that have been reported as delivered in 2020?<br /> 6  The number of enquiries about replacement certificates in 2019 and 2020?<br /> 7  How much money has the SQA made from replacement certificate orders in 2019?<br /> 8  How much money has the SQA made from replacement certificate orders in 2020 so far?</p><p>1.  How many students sat exams in 2019?   SQA publishes entries and attainment by subject and level on our website and individual candidates can be entered for several subjects.  The figure provided covers the number of candidate certificates produced. This figure is for National Qualifications only and includes non-exam-based certification - 135,212</p> <p>2  How many students sat exams in 2018?   As above the figure provided covers the number of candidate certificates produced.  This figure is for National Qualifications only and includes non-exam-based certification - 136,102</p> <p>3  How many students sat exams in 2017?   As above the figure provided covers the number of candidate certificates produced.  This figure is for National Qualifications only and includes non-exam-based certification - 138,355</p> <p>4 and 5  I would like to know the number of SQA certificates that have been reported as delivered in 2019 and 2020?  All certificates are sent out via 1st or 2nd class via Royal Mail but we have no functionality to report how many are actually delivered.   Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.</p> <p>6  The number of enquiries about replacement certificates in 2019 and 2020?  SQA offers a replacement certificate service.   Information about this service can be obtained <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/64808.html">here</a>.  This service covers replacement certificates, credit value statements and authentication of certificates and qualifications.   Enquiries to this service can be for qualifications gained from 1960 onwards where certificates have been lost or misplaced by the candidate eg when moving house or returning to work after a prolonged absence.   Please note the figures given below cover all aspects of this service as we have no way of separating out requests for credit value statements and authentications from replacement certificates.</p> <p>In 2019 we had 7617 enquiries to the service</p> <p>In 2020 we have had 4687 enquiries (up to 07 December) - please note this figure for 2020 is lower than normal as SQA was unable to offer this service between the end of March and July due to the COVID 19 pandemic.</p> <p>7 and 8  How much money has the SQA made from replacement certificate orders in 2019 and 2020 to date?  The annual income from the replacement certificate service is reported annually in our Annual Report and Accounts which is subject to External Audit. Given the timing of your request we have included income received for the financial year 2020-21 covering the period from 1 April to 7 December 2020.</p> <p>Year ended 31 March 2020 - £265,000</p> <p>For financial year 20/21 to date (up to O7 December)  - £67,709</p>
15/12/2020Statistics by Education Authority
<p>I would like to know the number of secondary schools in each of the 32 Local Authorities that deliver the following subjects (I appreciate this is often delivered in partnership with local further education colleges/organisations, I am looking for the number of schools even where one college/organisation is associated with more than one school) for the school years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21: Agriculture SCQF level 6 Countryside Management SCQF level 5 Greenkeeping SCQF level 5 Introduction to Horticulture SCQF level 4 Horticulture SCQF level 5 Rural Skills SCQF level 4 Angling and the Aquatic Environment SCQF level 3 Aquaculture SCQF level 4 Aquaculture SCQF level 5 Beekeeping SCQF level 5 Crofting SCQF level 5 Fish Husbandry & Fish Health and Nutrition SCQF level 5 Horticulture SCQF level 4 Investigation of Modern Agriculture SCQF level 5 Local Food Production SCQF level 6 Rural Skills SCQF level 5 Skills for Work: Rural Skills (National 4) SCQF level 4 Skills for Work: Engineering Skills (National 4) SCQF level 4 Skills for Work: Engineering Skills (National 5) SCQF level 5.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.  SQA does not hold data on school/college partnerships so the information provided relates only to the centre that entered a candidate.</p>
15/12/2020Published PSRA Information
<p>I am looking for some assistance with your organisation's Spend/Transparency data, available on the following weblink:</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78634.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78634.html</a></p> <p>There appears to be no file available for the month of October 2019 to September 2020. Could you advise when the file will be made available to view online? Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of the October 2019 to September 2020 file please and thank you.</p><p>The link you have provided above is for the PSRA information for 2015/16 only.   SQA reports PSRA as required supplementary information with the Annual Report and Accounts . PSRA information is therefore collected and reported for the same period and published at the same time as the Annual Report and Accounts.  The period specified in your request straddles two PSRA periods from Oct 2019 to March 2020 which has been published in the 2019/20 figures which can be accessed at the following weblink</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39108.8273.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39108.8273.html</a></p> <p>The information from April to Sept 2020 will be included in the PSRA information for 2020/21, which has not yet been collated or published. </p>
15/12/2020IT/Information security
<p>Please can you confirm the person responsible for IT/Information Security. Different organisations have different job titles for this responsibility, I've listed below the possible job titles:</p> <p>Manager or Head for IT, Cyber, Information Security, IT Security, Information Governance</p> <p>or</p> <p>CIO (Chief Information Officer)</p> <p>or</p> <p>CISO (Chief Information Security Officer)</p> <p>Please can you provide name, job title, email, direct phone number/mobile number.</p><p>The person in SQA responsible for IT Security is the IT Security Manager.   For all enquiries to SQA our contact details - telephone 0345 279 1000, email <a href="mailto:customer@sqa.org.uk">customer@sqa.org.uk</a> or complete our online <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/77338.html?id=1">Customer enquiry form </a>- are available on our website and can also be accessed at the following link</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39083.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39083.html</a></p>
18/12/2020Foundation Apprenticeships
<p>All correspondence or documentation (including emails, attachments, typed or handwritten notes, letters, notes/records of phone calls, texts or instant messages, minutes of meetings, briefings or otherwise) between SQA and Skills Development Scotland that relates to the planned arrangements for the awarding of Foundation Apprenticeships or the proposed  'letter of recognition', as announced on 22 May 2020.</p> <p>If possible I would like this information from 20 March 2020 to 22 May 2020.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.  Some of this has been redacted for personal data and in some cases where the emails provided contain information not relevant to your request.</p>
18/12/20202020 Awarding
<p>1. All briefing notes, meetings, minutes, memos, emails and written notes regarding meetings between any Cabinet Secretary, minister, advisor or representative of the Scottish and the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the marking and grading methodology for the 2020 Scottish National 4, National 5 and Higher qualifications.</p> <p>2. All briefing notes, meetings, minutes, memos, emails and written notes regarding meetings between any Cabinet Secretary, minister, advisor or representative of the Scottish and the Scottish Qualifications Authority between July 31, 2020, and August 7, 2020, both dates inclusive.</p> <p>3. Any written information regarding the marking and grading methodology for the 2020 Scottish National 4, National 5 and Higher qualifications.</p><p>1.  SQA has provided the correspondence between the Deputy First Minister and SQA Chief Executive Fiona Robertson in the attached file - titled Q1.  The letters have been redacted for personal data.</p> <p>2.  The information you have requested is provided in the attached files - titled Q2.   These files have been redacted for personal data.</p> <p>3.  SQA has published the National Qualifications 2020 Awarding — Methodology Report which can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/SQAAwardingMethodology2020Report.pdf">here</a>.</p>
18/12/2020NQ Examinations 2020
<p>Please could you provide me with details of advice and guidance issued to the Cabinet Secretary for Education regarding the staging and timing of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher examinations for 2020.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.</p>
18/12/2020Attainment Statistics
<p>I would like to have annual progression statistics for higher to advanced higher maths. These are available on your website by grade but I would like to have them further broken down by band.</p><p>As you mention in your request SQA publishes grade to grade progression statistics and these tables can be accessed on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/91419.html">here</a>.   SQA does not hold the information in the format specified by you and to produce the summary information by band requested by you would incur costs exceeding £600.  This cost is based on the work required to write the programming code to interrogate the raw data and this work would have to be carried out regardless of the number of subjects requested.   Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides that where the costs exceed £600 a public body is not required to produce the summary requested.  Please see Decision 201800816 on 28 August 2018 (Band-to-Grade progression data) on the Scottish Information Commissioner's website for a detailed breakdown of the costs involved.   In his decision the Commissioner was satisfied that the work involved in providing the statistical information in the band format as you have requested would exceed the £600 cost ceiling and that it is not reasonably practicable for SQA to provide you with the summary requested.</p>
18/12/2020Gaelic Language Plan
<p>1  I am writing to request you provide me with an electronic copy of your organisation's Gaelic Language Plan under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.  If this is available online, please could you provide me with a static URL directing me to this plan.  </p> <p>2  I also request you provide me with electronic copies of any periodical reports about your plan which you may have submitted to the Bòrd na Gàidhlig since the approval of your plan.</p><p>1  SQA's Gaelic Language Plan is published on our website and can be accessed at the following link</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/GLP%202015-2020%20Final%20for%20Publication.pdf">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/GLP%202015-2020%20Final%20for%20Publication.pdf</a></p> <p>2  SQA has provided the monitoring reports from 2018 and 2019 which relate to this plan in the attached file.   The 2020 monitoring report will be sent to Bòrd na Gàidhlig at the end of January 2021.</p>
24/12/2020ACM Costs
<p>In 2020 the exams did not go ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic and they were replaced with the alternative certificate model (ACM). I'm looking to understand how much the ACM cost and how that compared to the costs SQA would have incurred if it had run a traditional exam diet.</p> <p> Therefore could you please:</p> <p> -            Outline how much the 2020 exam diet was expected to cost (before the exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic)- breaking this figure down into the key costs the SQA expected to incur, including the money it expected to spend on markers and invigilators?</p> <p>-             How much of these costs were covered by the fees schools and colleges pay for their pupils and students to sit SQA qualifications?</p> <p>-             Please then outline how much was spent on the alternative certification model - breaking this figure down into the key costs?</p> <p>-             The final stage of the alternative certification model - the appeals process - did not go ahead. How many appeals was the SQA geared up to receive, and how much was this final stage of the ACM expected to cost?</p> <p>-             How many appeals did the SQA receive in the end (please breakdown into the three categories of appeal that were available) and how much did the SQA actually spend?</p> <p>-             In total how much did the alternative certification model cost? Was this more or less than the traditional exam diet was expected to cost?</p> <p>-             If the ACM cost less, what happened to the money SQA saved?</p> <p>-             How much does the SQA expect it will cost to certificate school qualifications in 2020-21 - is this more or less than it would expect a traditional exam diet to cost? By how much?</p> <p>-             If it is more please state the key reason for the increase in cost; if it is less please state the key reasons for the decrease in costs.</p><p><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/foi-161-response.pdf">FOI 161 Response</a> (144 KB)</p>
14/01/2021Log of Contacts - SQA and Education Secretary
<p>Please provide details of all contact between the Education Secretary, John Swinney, or his officials or special advisers and Chief Executive of the SQA, Fiona Robertson, or other SQA staff or board members between 19 March and 11 August 2020</p><p>A log of all diarised contact between SQA's Executive Management Team, Board and Heads of Service and the Education Secretary, John Swinney, his officials and special advisers is provided in the attached file.  Note there are 4 tabs to break down attendance at the key meetings, of which SQA and John Swinney or his officials, are represented.  These are the Further and Higher Education Covid-19 Ministerial Leadership Group (MLG), Covid-19 Education Recovery Group (CERG) and Qualifications Contingency Group (QCG).</p> <p>In addition to the dates provided, colleagues from the Scottish Government's Learning Directorate, Advanced Learning and Science Directorate, and SQA met virtually on a regular basis, throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. Due to an administrative change, SQA no longer holds a record of many of these meetings between April and June.</p>
15/01/2021Annual Fraud Report
<p>Please can I have a copy of the SQA's 2019-20 Annual Fraud Report.</p><p>The Annual Fraud Report 2019-20 presented to the Audit Committee on 1 June 2020 you requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
15/01/2021Fraud Outcome
<p>In the minutes of the SQA audit committee of October, 2019 it makes reference to a Fraud Response Group investigation into an instance of financial irregularity. Please can you provide me with a copy of any reports which relate to the outcome of this investigation and any 'lessons learned' reports from the instance.</p><p>As reported in our Annual Fraud Report of 2019-20 and already supplied to you the outcome of the investigation is recorded as follows:</p> <p>The first instance was of a member of staff, immediately prior to leaving SQA employment, making personal use of a hotel booking (which was no longer required for business purposes) and charging it to an SQA credit card. </p> <p>The former member of staff agreed to pay back the full amount of the cost - £2,069 - to SQA.  This was due to have been repaid in full by 31 March 2020.  It was agreed between the former member of staff and SQA that the repayments would be made in monthly instalments. </p> <p>SQA agreed to extend the deadline for the final payment (of £469) as the former member of staff was temporarily unable to pay due to a change in circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 situation.</p> <p>Lessons learnt from this investigation - Amend the leaver process to include credit card check if appropriate.  On an ongoing basis the Audit Committee monitors the progress of any fraud investigations.</p>
15/01/2021Attainment Statistics - December
<p>1. I am looking to assatain the number of candidates Achieving 5A+ Highers at band 1in any single year in Education Authority Schools over the years 2014 to 2019.</p> <p>2. I am looking to assatain the number of candidates Achieving 3A+ Advanced Highers in any single year in Education Authority Schools over the years 2014 to 2019.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.  Where the number is less than 5 the figure has been replaced with an asterisk*.</p>
21/01/20212021 Awarding
<p>As a result of using teacher estimates to grade pupils receiving qualifications in 2020 there were large increases in the pass rate at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.</p> <p>At the time SQA chief executive Fiona Robertson suggested that one reason teacher estimates were above historic attainment was because “some teachers and lecturers may have been optimistic, given the circumstances”.</p> <p> It is now four months since the results were first published.  Can you please tell me:</p> <p> - what work has been done/activities been undertaken to better understand why teacher estimates were so much higher than historic attainment</p> <p>- please provide me with any written information exploring this issue - including, but not exclusive to, emails, briefings and reports</p> <p>I would like to receive this information via email. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if the above is unclear.</p><p>In the period following 2020 Awarding a number of initiatives have been instigated by the Scottish Government and SQA to better understand the process of awarding in 2020 and to prepare for Awarding 2021 in the face of the continuing pandemic and its effects on education.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Scottish Government commissioned Prof Mark Priestley to undertake an independent review of the processes through which National Qualifications were awarded in 2020.  Prof Priestley spoke with a range of stakeholders, including teachers; and made recommendations for the awarding process.  This report can be accessed at the following web address</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.scot/publications/rapid-review-national-qualifications-experience-2020/pages/5/">https://www.gov.scot/publications/rapid-review-national-qualifications-experience-2020/pages/5/</a></p> <p> </p> <p>In planning for 2021, SQA has taken an approach that draws on the recommendations of the Priestley Report.</p> <p>Specifically, SQA has been working co-constructively with stakeholders, and has incorporated their views on how best to provide support to teachers in 2021 to improve the nature of estimates.  SQA has set up two NQ 2021 groups - a working group and a steering group - with wide ranging membership across the educational sector.  These groups are meeting weekly at the moment to jointly develop our approaches this session. </p> <p> </p> <p>SQA appeared at the Education and Skills Committee on Wednesday 13 January 2021 to discuss this approach.  A paper explaining SQA's approach was provided to the Committee and is attached here.   This paper provides details of all SQA activities - development of generic guidance, subject specific guidance, assessment resources that teachers and lecturers can use, understanding standards support and a Quality Assurance process to support certification this year.  The mechanics of the QA process may change due to the new lockdown and we are working our way through that in conjunction with external partners.</p> <p> </p> <p>The subject specific guidance (for 143 subjects) has been developed and published on each subject page on the website.   These can be accessed at the web address below.  An important distinction between 2020 and this session is that the grades awarded to candidates for 2021 will be based on demonstrated evidence of attainment rather than the inference of their potential performance in an examination.  This session SQA has provided a range of additional subject specific guidance, assessment resources and enhanced understanding standards support.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/95157.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/95157.html</a></p> <p> </p>
29/01/2021Contract Register
<p>The FULL contract register should display all the organisations existing/live contracts I would like the register to display the following columns/headings:</p> <p> </p> <p>1.Contract Reference</p> <p>2.Contract Title</p> <p>3.Procurement Category</p> <p>4.Supplier Name</p> <p>5.Spend (Total or Annual)</p> <p>6.Contract Duration</p> <p>7.Contract Extensions</p> <p>8.Contract Starting Date</p> <p>9.Expiration Date</p> <p>10.Contract Description [Please provide me with as much detail as possible.]</p> <p>11.Contact Owner (Full contact details if possible.)</p> <p>12.CPV codes/ProClass</p> <p> </p> <p>IMPORTANT</p> <p>1.For those organisations planning to make an exemption around spend, the spend information I have requested is an overall figure and I am not requesting a complete breakdown of services relating to the spend.</p> <p> </p> <p>2.If the organisation has a CRM system or a similar system, there should be a facility to download and extract contract data.</p> <p> </p> <p>3.You may forward me a Weblink to a portal to download the contract register, please make sure all of the organisation's contracts are provided as doing prior research I have found that most organisations have only uploaded a small portion of all of their contracts.</p> <p>Please do not think that this is the only information I require if you could provide me with more information that would be great.</p> <p> </p> <p>Contract Data/API Contact Details</p> <p>13.   Can you also provide me with contact details of the person responsible for the actual contract's register or someone responsible for API? [Name, Job Title, Telephone, Email Address] At the very least provide me with their actual job title.</p> <p> </p> <p>(Meaning of API “a set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.”)</p><p>1-10 The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.  Please note the total contract value is from the beginning of the contract until 12 January 2021 unless it is an annual renewal contract which includes the annual cost only.</p> <p>11 + 13  For all contracts the contact details are given on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39640.2424.html">here</a>.</p> <p>12  SQA do not hold a record of CPV codes. They are available on the Public Contracts Scotland Advertising Portal that can be accessed from the link on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35865.html">here</a>.   Scroll down to the Related Information section and the Portal is the first link provided.</p>
29/01/2021Published PSRA Information
<p>I am looking for some assistance with your organisation's Spend/Transparency data, available on the following weblink:</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78634.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/78634.html</a></p> <p>There appears to be no file available for the month of October 2020. Could you advise when the file will be made available to view online? Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of the October 2020 file please and thank you.</p><p>SQA responded to a similar request from you in June 2019, on 26 August 2019, on 13 September 2019, on 28 October 2019 and on 15 December 2020. </p> <p>As required by <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2010/8/section/31">section 31 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 </a>SQA will publish the April 2020 to March 2021 PSRA data on our website along with the Annual Report and Accounts for the same period once the Annual Report and Accounts (including the PSRA data) has been approved by the Scottish Parliament.   The earliest the Annual Report and Accounts will be laid before the Scottish Parliament is November 2021.   Once the Annual Report and Accounts has been approved by the Scottish Parliament SQA will publish the Annual Report and Accounts and the PSRA data for April 2020 to March 2021 on our website.  </p> <p>The October 2020 figures you are requesting will be included in the Annual Report and Accounts for April 2020 to March 2021.   This report will only be published once it has been approved by the Scottish Parliament in November 2021.</p>
05/02/2021Invoice Process
<p>1. What is your current Invoice Process, manual/technology</p> <p>2. How many invoices do you process per month</p> <p>3. How many duplicate/error invoices do you have</p> <p>4. How many full time AP staff</p> <p>5. What challenges do you face with the current process</p> <p>6. What type of invoices do you process: email, physical, etc</p> <p>7. When does your current contract expire</p> <p>8. Who owns current Invoice process</p> <p>9. What type of matching do you use</p><p>1. ERP system</p> <p>2. 3,192 invoices (based on general supplier invoices paid for the calendar year 2020) Average 266 per month.</p> <p>3. Not recorded, but not of significance as very few</p> <p>4. 2</p> <p>5. Nothing of significance</p> <p>6. Predominantly emailed, minimal physical</p> <p>7. 31/10/22, with the option of 2 x 1 year extensions</p> <p>8. SQA Finance Systems</p> <p>9. Purchase orders to invoices; Invoices to payments</p>
05/02/2021DGSA Road Certificates
<p>Please could you provide the following information. How many people in the U.K. qualified by undertaking the SQA DGSA (Road) exam are there currently In date holding a VTC certificate.</p><p>As of 21 January 2021, there are 2,002 people with valid DGSA Road certificates.</p>
05/02/2021Surpass Viewer
<p>I would like to request the following material under FOISA.</p> <p>Please release all communication related to Surpass Viewer and /or Flash Player between the SQA and BTL Group (makers of the Surpass Viewer software)</p> <p>The time frame for this request is Jan 2018 - present</p><p>As part of the ongoing work to provide a digital assessment service to our customers SQA works with our supplier (BTL) to ensure that the service provided is effective.   The contract with BTL is a 4 year contract which started on 18 February 2019 and ends 17 February 2023.   This information is provided on our website and can be accessed at the following web address</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35879.1911.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35879.1911.html</a></p> <p>Communications related to Surpass Viewer and /or Flash Player between the SQA and BTL Group (makers of the Surpass Viewer software) are provided in the attached file.  These have been redacted for personal information and where the information is not relevant to your request.   In addition to this regular meetings are held between SQA and BTL Group as part of the service they provide.   Under FOI 20/21 175 we have provided you with the information SQA provided to centres in December 2020 as a result of the withdrawal of Adobe Flash.</p>
05/02/2021Surpass Viewer
<p>I would like to make the following request under FOISA.</p> <p>•     Please release documents (such as briefing papers, or analyses of options) held by the SQA regarding the decision to make use of Surpass Viewer software.</p> <p>•     Please release all internal communication discussing the decision to make use of Surpass Viewer software</p><p>As part of the ongoing work to provide a digital assessment service to our customers SQA works with our supplier (BTL) to ensure that the service provided is effective.   SurpassViewer was the BTL response to the decision by Adobe to cease support for Flash from January 2021, to enable SQA, at no additional cost, to continue to deliver flash-based assessment content and functionality.  This was delivered as part of our ongoing contract with them for the use of the Surpass eAssessment System, of which the viewer is a very minor part.</p> <p>As explained in the FAQ paper provided whilst it would have been a preferred option for SQA to migrate over to more current technology, such as HTML5, the reality is that this was not a feasible option to offer all re-authored content in our question banks within the new HTML system by Jan 2021.  This means that SQA needs to continue the delivery of the current qualifications on the Flash based systems in place until their withdrawal. The use of Surpass Viewer is one part of this work and facilitates the delivery of current qualifications on the Flash based system.  In the attached document we have provided the published guidelines and FAQs for clients on the use of Surpass Viewer.   This is the only written information SQA holds regarding the decision to make use of Surpass Viewer software.</p>
11/02/2021Published Equality Information
<p>Please provide us with copies of:</p> <p>A) All published policy and/or strategic documents relating to race equality produced by your organisation from 1999-2021, including (but not limited to) race equality strategies, action plans and public sector equality duty publications, including progress reports and updates</p> <p>B) All other published policy and/or strategic documents containing commitments or actions that pertain to race equality published by your organisation from 1999-2021, including progress reports and updates</p><p>SQA has attached the following documents</p> <ul> <li>SQA's Race Equality Scheme RES 2007-10 - this document was published on our website in 2007 along with a redacted version of an action plan for the same time period. </li> <li>Between publication of SQA's RES 2007-10 and the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 SQA commenced work to develop a single Equality Scheme to combine its Race, Gender and Disability Equality Schemes.  This work was not complete due to the requirements of the Equality Act coming into force and the impending responsibilities relating to the new single Public Sector Equality Duty.</li> <li>As part of the Public Sector Equality Duty SQA publishes a wide range of documents on the Equality pages on our website and they can be accessed at the following web link</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/25339.html">Equality and diversity within SQA - SQA</a></p> <p>The published documents on this page include the following</p> <ul> <li>Annual Equality Review in 2011 and later it's Equality Strategy 2013-17.   These are included in the Related Information section at the bottom of this page.</li> <li>SQA Equality Mainstreaming Reports published in <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/EqualityMainstreamingReport2012-13.pdf">2013</a>, <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/EqualityMainstreamingReport2013-15.pdf">2015</a>, <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Equality%20Mainstreaming%20Report%202015-17.pdf">2017</a> and <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/EqualityMainstreamingReport%20201-19.pdf">2019</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Equality%20Outcomes.pdf">SQA's Equality Outcomes 2017-21</a></li> <li>SQA's Equality Review of Qualifications</li> </ul> <p>In addition to the above SQA has attached the following files which we consider relevant to your request</p> <ul> <li>SQA's submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Inquiry into Race Equality, Employment and Skills</li> <li>Information about our commitment and support to Show Racism the Red Card which is detailed in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2013 attached.</li> <li>In August 2020, SQA became a signatory of the Business In The Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter.   We have published the logo and information on our equality web page.</li> <li>In 2020 SQA published the Equality Impact Assessment of the 2020 Alternative Certification Model and this can be accessed at the following weblink</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2020-sqa-alternative-certification-model-equality-impact-assessment.pdf">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2020-sqa-alternative-certification-model-equality-impact-assessment.pdf</a></p>
16/02/2021Contract Details
<p>Under the Freedom of Information Act we formally request the information below in relation to the Crown Commercial Services Non Clinical Temporary and Fixed Term Staff Framework.</p> <p>1.         Spend ranked by Agency</p><p>SQA has no spend under the framework specified by you.  Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.</p>
18/02/2021Annual Accounts
<p>Please can I request the following information:</p> <ul> <li>SQA's Annual Report and Account for the following years: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11.</li> </ul><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.   These have been redacted for personal information only.</p>
18/02/2021Communications Staff
<p>1. Can you please set out how many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers there have been for each of the ten years to 2019/20. If an average number cannot be sourced, pick March as a snapshot.</p> <p>1b. How many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers were there in January (snapshot) 2021.</p> <p>1c. What was the annual cost of employing those frontline staff in all those years 2009/10 - 2019/20.</p> <p>2. How many FTE frontline communications staff/press officers have been employed that have been outsourced, In other words, not in-house but external PR/communications supplied by a private company in all those years 2009/10 - 2019/20</p> <p>2b. How much was spent in those outsourced frontline PR/communications/press office functions, in other words, not in-house but external PR/communications supplied by a private company (as per Q2).</p><p>The information you have requested under questions 1, 1b and 1c is provided in the attached file.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals — personal information.  Where the number is less than 5 the figure has been replaced with an asterisk*.</p> <p>Please note that although your request asks for details re "frontline communications staff/press officers" SQA does not employ individuals exclusively in this capacity. The activity comes under the remit of the Communications team who are responsible for wider activities.  Due to this wider remit of their role, it is not feasible to isolate the proportion of their annual salary that could be classed as "frontline communications/press officer" cost.  However, the attached report provides the figures for those employees who deal with the press as part of their wider communications activities.</p> <p>For questions 2 and 2b SQA holds information from 2013 only.   In the period 2013 to 2020 SQA has had two contracts with private companies for external PR/Communications.   The total amount paid for these over this period is £534,419.</p> <p>SQA does not hold information about the number of staff they employ.   Details of our present contract for Strategic Communications Support are available on our website in the Contracts Directory section of the Procurement pages and can be accessed at the following weblink</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35879.1911.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35879.1911.html</a></p>
18/02/2021Board of Management
<p>Of your current board of management members, I would like to know (a) how many are currently GTCS-registered teachers or lecturers and (b) how many have frontline teaching or lecturing experience.</p><p>SQA¿s Board of Management has a wide range of skills and experiences that allow it to function effectively with the CEO and the Executive Management Team.</p> <p> </p> <p>a) Of our 9 Board of Management members, 2 are GTCS registered teacher/lecturers.</p> <p>b) Of our 9 Board of Management members, 4 have front line teaching/lecturing experience. </p>
23/02/2021Contingency Plans
<p>I would like to know what contingency plans the SQA put in place/developed regarding potential disruption to the 2021 examinations diet, which has of course ultimately been cancelled.</p> <p> </p> <p>I therefore ask that you release under FOISA any planning, briefings, reports etc regarding options/plans for the awarding of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2021.</p> <p> </p> <p>The time frame for this request is April 1 2020 - present</p><p>1 On 3 August SQA responded to a similar request we received from you on 10 May 2020. In response to your request SQA is a member of the Qualifications Contingency Group. The Scottish Government convened this group initially on 17 March 2020. The <a href="https://www.gov.scot/groups/coronavirus-covid-19-qualifications-contingency-group/">remit of the group and the minutes of the 4 meetings</a>. This is where the plans to cancel examinations and instead use teacher judgements to award grades this year were discussed.</p> <p>SQA has already sent you the contingency plan and scenario planning - see our responses to FOI 002 and 003 sent to you on 10 July 2020.</p> <p>Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you and can be accessed at the links above. If, however, you do not have access to the internet to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.</p> <p>This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test'.</p> <p>2 Then on 27 November 2020 SQA responded to a similar request from you on 19 October with the following response:</p> <p>1. Please see the attached paper regarding National Qualifications for Academic Year 2020/21.</p> <p>This paper was presented and discussed at the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group Meeting on 31 July 2020. The Scottish Government has published information about the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group on their website. The minutes from the meeting on 31 July 2020 and all other minutes from the meetings of this group along with a list of members of the group can be accessed at the following weblink <a href="https://www.gov.scot/groups/covid-19-education-recovery-group/">COVID-19 Education Recovery Group - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)</a></p> <p>Since then the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group has continued to meet and the minutes from these meetings are published at the link given above.</p> <p>3 Please note that SQA has also published updates on our website which can be accessed at the following weblink <a href="98803.html">Qualifications in 2021 news - SQA</a> including the following:</p> <p>Following the cancellation of Highers and Adv Highers on 8 Dec, there was broad agreement that the 2021 alternative certification model (ACM) could be adopted in principle. This was advised on our website on 16 December.</p> <p>Following the announcement on 4 Jan that schools would be moving to remote learning, we advised on 12 January that the National Qualifications 2021 Group was considering potential flexibilities to the model.</p> <p>On 27 January, the NQ 2021 Group advised on an extension to the date for the submission of provisional results from 28 May to 18 June.</p> <p>SQA publishes updates on an ongoing basis to support centres delivering and assessing SQA qualifications (including National Qualifications) in 2020/21 and this can be accessed at the following weblink <a href="96037.html">Web updates for session 2020-21 - SQA</a></p>
23/02/2021Correspondence
<p>I would like to know what plans the SQA put in place regarding potential disruption to the 2021 examinations diet, which has of course ultimately been cancelled.<br />  <br /> I therefore ask that you release under FOISA any correspondence (including email attachments) between the SQA and the Scottish Government regarding options/plans for the awarding of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in 2021.<br />  <br /> The time frame for this request is April 1 2020 - present</p> <p> </p><p><br /> SQA has already provided you with information regarding plans for 2021 Awarding.  It is a very fluid situation that SQA is operating in and updated plans co-created with the NQ 2021 Group are published regularly on our website and can be accessed at the following weblink <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/95157.html">National Qualifications in 2020-21 - SQA.</a>   These plans are produced in line with changes to the public health advice as issued by the Scottish Government.<br /> In order to provide you with the information you have requested SQA requires to review all correspondence to retrieve the relevant information, redact where necessary and check.  To do this for all the correspondence requested would cost well in excess of £600.   Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 where an authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would result in costs in excess of £600 they are not required to comply.<br /> Under section 15 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Duty to provide advice and assistance - if you can substantially refine your request this could bring the cost below the £600 and SQA will look at this again.  In order to avoid this exemption SQA suggest you may want to <br /> 1) Narrow down the scope from 'SQA' to 'members of the SQA executive management team' and<br /> 2) Narrow down the request for 'all correspondence' to 'papers, letters and submissions' and<br /> 3) Narrow the time frame for the request.<br />  </p>
02/03/2021Equalities
<p>1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a "Stonewall Diversity Champion" or to be included on Stonewall's "Workplace Equality Index," including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.</p> <p>2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.</p> <p>3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).</p> <p>4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).</p> <p>5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.</p> <p>6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.</p><ol> <li>SQA renewed its membership to the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme in 2019 and 2020.</li> <li>SQA did not receive any feedback from Stonewall following renewal of our Diversity Champions Membership.</li> <li>The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a right of access to information and not a right of access to copies of specific documents.   SQA has indicated above that we have had no feedback from Stonewall regarding our membership.   You have not specified what information you require communications in connection with.  As part of our membership fee SQA receives on an ongoing basis communications as part of their support under this contract covering a wide range of information.   </li> <li>SQA are committed to reviewing our memberships and accreditations and look at both their desirability to SQA and how they align with our strategic priorities.  We did not complete an equality impact assessment to inform our decision to renew our Diversity Champion membership.</li> <li>We paid £3000 in 2019 and £3000 in 2020 for SQA's membership to the Stonewall Scotland's Diversity Champions Programme.</li> <li>SQA has taken the decision to renew its membership as a Stonewall Diversity Champion for 2021.</li> </ol>
05/03/2021Contract Details
<p>[1] List of recruitment agencies currently being used for the supply of agency staff.</p> <p>[2] Breakdown of current spend per agency [2019-2021]</p> <p>[3] What framework/DPS this spend is going through</p><p>[1] List of recruitment agencies currently being used for the supply of agency staff.</p> <p>Pertemps</p> <p>Harvey Nash</p> <p>Hays</p> <p>Spring Technology</p> <p>Capita</p> <p>Parity</p> <p>Lorien Resourcing</p> <p>Venesky Brown</p> <p>ASA</p> <p> </p> <p>[2] Breakdown of current spend per agency [1 April 2019 - 25 February 2021]</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Capita</td> <td>£310,764.82</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Harvey Nash</td> <td>£767,017.16</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hays</td> <td>£261,672.49</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Spring Technology</td> <td>£863,023.20</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Parity</td> <td>£540,792.00</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lorien Resourcing</td> <td>£771,819.29</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Venesky Brown</td> <td>£460,202.10</td> </tr> <tr> <td>ASA Recruitment</td> <td>£76,909.61</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pertemps</td> <td>£629,465.00</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p>[3] What framework/DPS this spend is going through</p> <p>Scot Gov-Interim IT Staff-Framework Ref: SP-13-023</p> <p>Scot Gov-Interim IT Staff-Framework Ref: SP-18-015</p> <p>Crown Commercial Services Framework RM971 - Non Medical Non Clinical - LOT5</p> <p>Scot Gov-Interim Staff Services -Framework Ref: SP-18-014</p> <p>Framework for the provision of Temporary Administrative, Catering & Manual Staff Services SP-18-13</p> <p>Swan Framework</p> <p>SQA Contract</p>
09/03/2021Progression Statistics
<p>I wish to know how many NQ candidates sitting National 5 English, between the years of 2016- 2018, that achieved a Band 4 or 5 or 6, who then went on to achieve a Band 6 or above in Higher English. Ie. What is the pass conversion rate from those acheiving a 4 - 6 at N5 English to a pass at Higher English.</p><p>SQA publishes grade to grade progression statistics and these tables can be accessed on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/91419.html">here</a>.   SQA does not hold the information in the format specified by you and to produce the summary information by band requested by you would incur costs exceeding £600.  This cost is based on the work required to write the programming code to interrogate the raw data and this work would have to be carried out regardless of the number of subjects requested.   Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides that where the costs exceed £600 a public body is not required to produce the summary requested.  Please see Decision 201800816 on 28 August 2018 (Band-to-Grade progression data) on the Scottish Information Commissioner's website for a detailed breakdown of the costs involved.   In his decision the Commissioner was satisfied that the work involved in providing the statistical information in the band format as you have requested would exceed the £600 cost ceiling and that it is not reasonably practicable for SQA to provide you with the summary requested. </p>
12/03/2021Staff Training
<p>1.   How many staff have undergone unconscious bias training over the last five calendar years? Please could you break down the number by year for 2021 (up to and including the end of February), 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.</p> <p>2.   How much money has been spent unconscious bias training for staff over the last five calendar years? Please could you break down the figure by year for 2021 (up to and including the end of February), 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017. In each case where there has been expenditure on unconscious bias training, please could you state which company the money went to, how much, and the date of the payment.</p> <p>3.   If unconscious bias training has been provided to staff, please could you provide details of the format of the training is - its title, how many hours/days the training lasts, and any other relevant detail which summarises what it entails.</p> <p>4.  If possible, please could you provide a copy of any training material - documentation including, but not limited to, training packs, worksheets, fact sheets etc - distributed to staff as part of the unconscious bias training in any of the above years. Please note, if this is not possible, please proceed with the remainder of the request.</p><ol> <li>In September 2019 one member of staff attended Unconscious Bias Training.</li> <li>This was a free event.</li> <li>It was a breakfast time event for 1.5 hours.</li> <li>There were no training materials provided.</li> </ol> <p> </p>
30/03/2021Contract Details
<p>1. Contact Centre/Call Centre Contracts (Contracts and Costs associating to all/any systems used to manage Inbound Contact to SQA from Citizens. (i.e Call/Telephony Management Systems, Email Management Services/software, Help Desk Agents and Hotlines etc.)</p> <p> </p> <p>2. Inbound Network Services Contracts (by "Inbound Network Services", I am referring to Inbound Call, Telephony and Email Management Services, and any other inbound channels used by citizens to make contact with SQA.)</p> <p> </p> <p>3. Website Traffic Spend/Analysis (even if hosted by an Agency)</p> <p>a) Number of Visits per month (Average)</p> <p>b) Who is the supplier/agency/internal stakeholder responsible for hosting/maintaining and managing the website(s)?</p> <p>c) Does your organisation's website(s) have an on-site search bar?</p> <p>- What Content Management System is your site-search connected to (if so)?</p> <p>- What is the Search Bar Utilisation? (If known, % of Website visitors)</p> <p>- Who is the Supplier/Owner of the on-site search on your website?</p> <p> </p> <p>Please send me the following information for each:</p> <p>1. Incumbent Supplier: For each of the contract(s) can you please provide me with the supplier of the Contract?</p> <p>2. Annual Average Spend: the annual average (over 3 years) spend for each supplier?</p> <p>3. Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for these contract areas (including website)?</p><p><strong>Questions 1 and 2 </strong>-  Telephony Supplier - ATOS</p> <p>Spend -</p> <p>1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 - £252k,</p> <p>1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 - £131k,</p> <p>1st April 2020 - 23rd March 2021 - £199k</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Question 3</strong> -  Content Management System Supplier - Civic Computing,</p> <p>Spend -</p> <p>1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 - £201k,</p> <p>1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 - £182k,</p> <p>1st April 2020 - 23rd March 2021 - £201k </p> <p>All contracts are handled by the Procurement Team.  Their contact details are provide on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39640.2424.html">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Question 3 (a)</strong> Number of Visits per month (Average)</p> <p>This can be shown in multiple ways:</p> <p>Page views: 1,905,221</p> <p>Users: 293,684</p> <p>Sessions: 621,797</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Question 3 (c) </strong>Does your organisation's website(s) have an on-site search bar?   What is the Search Bar Utilisation? (If known, % of Website visitors)</p> <p>Yes SQA has an on-site search bar and 47.5% of sessions on average used site search, this was 10,632,329 or 295,342 a month.</p>
30/03/2021Whistleblowing Training
<p>1. How many reports did you receive from whistleblowers in 2019 and in 2020?</p> <p>2. How many people do you have in your organisation that are trained/permitted to take reports from whistleblowers?</p> <p>3. What training have the people in question number 2 received in whistleblowing?</p> <p>4. What cost, if any, was there for this training?  5. Which organisation delivered each course?</p> <p>6. What is the name of the person that arranged this training and what is their email address?</p> <p>7. What methods do you have for whistleblowers to contact a person that is authorised to take their report and what are the specific details of these, i.e., email addresses, telephone numbers etc?</p> <p>8. What are the email addresses for the people authorised to receive whistleblower reports?</p> <p>9. How many whistleblowers have left the organisation within 12 months of making a report?</p> <p>10. How many whistleblowers have made an allegation of 'detriment' against your organisation?</p><ol> <li>The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.</li> <li>SQA does not have individuals solely trained to take whistleblowing cases.  If a whistleblowing case was logged with Human Resources it would be passed to an Investigatory Case Manager.</li> <li>Our Investigatory Case Managers have received training to carry out investigations which would include those from whistleblowers. For any investigations they would consult with internal specialists, internal auditors or legal advisors as required.</li> <li>Internal costs only</li> <li>Not applicable</li> <li>Not applicable</li> <li>SQA has a Whistleblowing Policy that offers a range of individuals to contact depending on the preferences of the whistleblower and the nature or severity of the matter.</li> <li>Not applicable as SQA does not have authorised individuals identified to receive whistleblower reports.</li> <li>The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.</li> <li>The number is less than 5.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than 5, SQA does not report the actual figure to protect individuals' personal information.</li> </ol>
09/04/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p> </p> <p>I have been looking at your Annual Statistical Excel Table for 2004 in relation to Higher exam results that year. You state what percentage of candidates achieve 1, 2, 3.. up to 7 'A' grades. I was wondering if you could please provide me with the percentage of candidates who achieved 5, 6 or 7 band 1 'A' grades in the 2004 sitting (i.e. specifically 'A's at band 1 level).</p> <p> </p> <p>You later clarified your request that you accidentally asked for the wrong year group when requesting this information - I am looking for the information stated in my previous email but for the year 2003, not 2004.</p><p>The information you have requested for 2003 is provided in the attached file.</p>
13/04/2021SQA Board Members
<p>Please could you supply me with the following information on gender balance in the organisation?</p> <p>1. How many women are now on the board of your organisation and how many people of other genders are there?</p> <p>2. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a woman or someone of another gender?</p> <p>3. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the organisation?</p> <p>In addition, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information about board members.</p> <p>4. Please supply the names of everyone currently on the board along with their registers of interest and the date that their register was last updated.</p> <p>5. Please supply details of any payments made to any of the board members in the last 12 months, and a summary of the purpose of each payment.</p><p>Questions 1,2 and 4 - The information you have requested is available on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/138.html">here</a>.   The Register of Interests is provided in the Related Information section at the bottom of this page.   The Register of Interests was last updated at the beginning of March 2021.  Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you and can be accessed at the links above.   If, however, you do not have access to the internet to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.</p> <p>Question 3 - As at 31 January 2021, the median FTE male salary was £36,848 and the median FTE female salary was £34,911.  This is a pay gap of 5.26%, a decrease of 3.15% since the 2020 equal pay audit.  The 2021 equal pay audit will be published alongside our equality mainstreaming report by 30 April 2021.</p> <p>Question 5 - Board members are paid a monthly fee on the basis of their duties, which are set and reviewed annually by the Scottish Government (effective 1 April). The Chairman's level of remuneration is set and reviewed annually by the Scottish Government (effective 1 April).  Details of this remuneration to each member is published in our Annual Report and Accounts which can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2019-20-annual-report-accounts.pdf">here</a> for 2019-20.  Page 64 details the salary range paid to each Board Member and page 65 notes the total paid out for travel expenses.   The 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts will be published on our website once it has been approved by the Scottish Government later this year.  Our Annual Report and Accounts are prepared and audited in accordance with the Financial Reporting Manual (FReM) for the appropriate year in question.   </p> <p>We can confirm that each Board Member received their salary payment and that due to the circumstances of COVID-19 where meetings were held on line no travel expenses were paid out for the financial year 2020-21.   Under the Data Protection Act 2018 SQA can publish the salary range for individual named Board Members but to provide you with the actual payments made which are the personal data of the individual would breach this legislation.</p>
15/04/2021SQA Board Members
<p>I am writing to you to request details of the remuneration of your non-executive board members. I am looking for figures on:</p> <p>a) The number of days of paid work claimed by each individual member of your board members from Jan to Dec 2020, including the chair.  (Please break this figure down so it show the totals for each member.)</p> <p>b) The total paid to each board member from Jan to Dec 2020.</p><p>a) Board members are paid a monthly fee on the basis of their duties, which are set and reviewed annually by the Scottish Government (effective 1 April). The Chairman's level of remuneration is set and reviewed annually by the Scottish Government (effective 1 April).  Details of this remuneration to each member is published in our Annual Report and Accounts which can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/2019-20-annual-report-accounts.pdf">here</a> for 2019-20.  Page 64 details the salary range paid to each Board Member and page 65 notes the total paid out for travel expenses.   The 2020-21 Annual Report and Accounts will be published on our website once it has been approved by the Scottish Government later this year.  Our Annual Report and Accounts are prepared and audited in accordance with the Financial Reporting Manual (FReM) for the appropriate year in question.   </p> <p> </p> <p>b) We can confirm that each Board Member received their salary payment and that due to the circumstances of COVID-19 where meetings were held on line no travel expenses were paid out for the financial year 2020-21.   Under the Data Protection Act 2018 SQA can publish the salary range for individual named Board Members but to provide you with the actual payments made which are the personal data of the individual would breach this legislation.</p>
27/04/2021Contract Details
<p>I am currently embarking on a research project around Cyber Security and was hoping you could provide me with some contract information relating to following information:</p> <p>1. Standard Firewall (Network) - Firewall service protects your corporate Network from unauthorised access and other Internet security threats</p> <p>2. Anti-virus Software Application - Anti-virus software is a program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more.</p> <p>3. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement - is a volume licensing package offered by Microsoft.</p> <p>The information I require is around the procurement side and we do not require any specifics (serial numbers, models, location) that could bring threat/harm to the organisation.   For each of the different types of cyber security services can you please provide me with:</p> <p>1. Who is the existing supplier for this contract?</p> <p>2. What does the organisation annually spend for each of the contracts?</p> <p>3. What is the description of the services provided for each contract?</p> <p>4. Primary Brand (ONLY APPLIES TO CONTRACT 1&2)</p> <p>5. What is the expiry date of each contract?</p> <p>6. What is the start date of each contract?</p> <p>7. What is the contract duration of contract?</p> <p>8. The responsible contract officer for each of the contracts above? Full name, job title, contact number and direct email address.</p> <p>9. Number of Licenses (ONLY APPLIES TO CONTRACT 3)</p><p>1    SQA believes that releasing this information would enable cyber criminals to identify and take advantage of any weaknesses within the security of the services delivered by these providers. This would put SQA's information at risk, including financial and sensitive personal data. We therefore apply section 35(1)(a) to this part of your request. Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in contract transparency.</p> <p> </p> <p>2    1 -  £ 45k        2 -     £18k         3 -  £130k all figures are per annum</p> <p> </p> <p>3    SQA believes that releasing this information would enable cyber criminals to identify and take advantage of any weaknesses within the security of the services delivered by these providers. This would put SQA's information at risk, including financial and sensitive personal data. We therefore apply section 35(1)(a) to this part of your request. Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in contract transparency.</p> <p> </p> <p>4    SQA believes that releasing this information would enable cyber criminals to identify and take advantage of any weaknesses within the security of the services delivered by these providers. This would put SQA's information at risk, including financial and sensitive personal data. We therefore apply section 35(1)(a) to this part of your request. Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in contract transparency.</p> <p> </p> <p>5    1 -     31/3/24    2 -   1/4/22           3 - 1/4/22</p> <p> </p> <p>6    1 -   1/10/20       2 -    1/4/21         3 - 1/4/21</p> <p> </p> <p>7    1 -      3 ½ years      2 -    4 years     3 - 4 years</p> <p> </p> <p>8    Details of how to contact the Procurement team are published on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39640.2424.html">here</a>.  The phone number is <strong>0345 213 6720</strong> and the email address is <a href="mailto:procurement@sqa.org.uk">procurement@sqa.org.uk</a></p> <p> </p> <p>9    Approx 1500 licences</p>
16/06/2021ACM Costs
<p>The 2021 exams have been cancelled and will be replaced with the alternative certification model (ACM). I'm looking to understand how much the ACM is expected to cost this year and what impact that has had on SQA funding.</p> <p>1  Therefore could you please outline how much the alternative certification model is expected to cost this year and break this figure down into the key costs the SQA expects to incur, including how much it expects the appeals process to cost in 2021 and how much has been budgeted for quality assurance and evidence gathering.</p> <p>2  Could you also provide information on how these costs will be covered and outline SQA's main sources of income, including SQA's main sources of income for the previous two years so it's possible to make a comparison between the body's funding this year as compared to previous years?</p> <p>3  In a previous FOI the SQA told me it anticipated that "the cost of awarding National Qualifications in 2021 will be less than had an exam diet been held" - has funding from the Scottish government reduced to reflect this? if so please give details, making it clear how much SQA receives in a typical year and how much it is receiving this year?</p> <p>4  Has the levy paid by local authorities reduced to reflect the fact that the ACM will cost less? If so, please give details, making it clear how much SQA receives in a typical year and how much it is receiving this year? If not, could you please outline how much funding the SQA will receive via the levy this year?</p> <p><strong>Clarification received on 1 April 2021</strong></p> <p>I'm asking for the total cost of delivering the alternative certification model regardless of financial or calendar year</p> <p>I receive an foi about the cost of the alternative certification model last year; an update of this foi based on the figures relevant to 2021 exam diet is what I'm looking for ( I received that foi response on 24th December 2020 and I have pasted its contents below)</p><p><a class="downloadDocx" href="files_ccc/foi-202-response.docx">FOI 202 Response</a> (20 KB)</p> <p> </p>
05/05/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>For the academic year and exam results based on the Alternative Certification Model rather than final results based on teacher estimates, please provide the following statistical breakdowns:</p> <p>1) How many candidates in 0-20% SIMD range saw two grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries? 1b) How many candidates in 80-100% SIMD range saw two grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p> <p>2) How many candidates in 0-20% SIMD range saw three grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p> <p>2b) How many candidates in 80-100% SIMD range saw three grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p> <p>3) How many candidates in 0-20% SIMD range saw four grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries? 3b) How many candidates in 80-100% SIMD range saw four grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p> <p>4) How many candidates in 0-20% SIMD range saw five grades or more reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p> <p>4b) How many candidates in 80-100% SIMD range saw five grades or more grades reduced from teacher estimates to final marks across all of their entries?</p><p>SQA still holds the SIMD data matched to candidate attainment on 4 August 2020 and from this we have been able to provide you with the information requested.   Please note that this data is based on 4 August figures derived from the Alternative Certification Model (ACM).  Following the Ministerial direction issued to SQA on 11 August,  the results generated by the ACM have been replaced by the estimates SQA received from centres which is now the final, certificated output.   The attainment tables for the revised 2020 results can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/64717.html">here</a>.</p>
18/05/2021P60s
<ol> <li>How many P60s were issued by the SQA for the tax year ending 2020-21?</li> <li>How many of these P60s recorded 0 earnings for the above tax year?</li> <li>How much does it cost the SQA to issue one P60?</li> <li>What was the total cost of issuing P60s for the tax year 2020-21?</li> </ol><ol> <li>SQA issued 20842 P60s for the tax year 2020-21</li> <li>18333 P60s were issued with zero earnings</li> <li>The cost for SQA to issue one P60 is £0.45</li> <li>The total cost of issuing P60s for the tax year 2020-21 was £9475.84</li> </ol>
18/05/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>If you certificate the qualifications are you able to shed light on how many have completed say the SVQ3 healthcare support (clinical).</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.   It shows the numbers completing the SVQ 3 Healthcare Support (clinical) in academic years 2016/17 to 2020/21.</p>
25/05/2021Office Working
<ol> <li>If the appropriate decision has been made, on what date(s) do SQA officials have clearance to return to their offices at SQA with appropriate mitigations in the current circumstances of the pandemic?</li> <li>Have officials now the choice/ opportunity to continue working from home or working at their SQA office site? Thank you for your assistance in this matter</li> </ol><ol> <li>SQA offices have been adapted to meet current requirements to support a small number of SQA staff who are undertaking essential office based activities. No decision has been taken on what date SQA's offices will reopen to all SQA officials. We will continue to monitor and adhere to Scottish Government advice.</li> <li>SQA officials will continue to work from home until our offices reopen. However, we are considering how we can work more flexibly in the future</li> </ol>
25/05/2021Pulse Surveys
<p>The Education Scotland website carried details of parent and learner surveys being carried out in January of this year.</p> <p> </p> <ol> <li>Could you please provide me with the questions parents and learners were asked in these surveys and also the results - including any reports/briefings etc that were generated summarising key messages</li> <li>Also could you please tell me if the SQA has carried out any surveys of teachers or school leaders from January 2020 to present; what questions were asked, and what the results were - including any reports/briefings etc that were generated summarising key messages?</li> </ol><p>SQA and Education Scotland along with 8 other organisations involved in Scottish Education are members of the <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/96362.html">National Qualifications 2021 Group </a>which was established in autumn 2020 and has developed the Alternative Certification Model (ACM) for 2021 Awarding.   A key part of this development has been the work by various members of this group to consult with a wide range of interested stakeholders on a range of pertinent issues to ensure that learners in 2021 get the national qualification grades they deserve. </p> <p> </p> <ol> <li>SQA carried out research looking at how both learners and educational practitioners view our website, with the intention of finding ways of improving the organisation's digital estate. This included surveys of both learners and teachers and lecturers. The questions asked, and the results of these surveys are provided here in response to your request regarding the parent and learner surveys that SQA carried out in January 2021.  The questions asked and the reports summarising key messages are provided as separate files.  These have been redacted for personal data only.</li> <li>At the start of academic session 2020/21 SQA held extensive consultations on proposed modifications to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments and contingency arrangements for the 2021 exam diet. View the: <ul> <li><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/outcomes-national-consultation-2021.pdf">Report on the national consultation</a> (1.36 MB)</li> <li><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/equality-impact-assessment-modifications-to-national-courses-2020-21.pdf">Equality Impact Assessment</a> (215 KB)</li> <li><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/child-rights-wellbeing-impact-assessment-modifications-to-national-courses-2020-21.pdf">Child Rights and Well-being Impact Assessment</a> (163 KB)</li> <li><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/exam-timetable-consultation-analysis-2021.pdf">Report on consultation on contingency arrangements for the 2021 exam timetable</a> (383 KB)</li> </ul> </li> </ol>
28/05/2021P60s
<p>Could you give me the corresponding figures for my four questions for 2019-20?</p> <ol> <li>How many P60s were issued by the SQA for the tax year ending 2019-20?</li> <li>How many of these P60s recorded 0 earnings for the above tax year?</li> <li>How much does it cost the SQA to issue one P60?</li> <li>What was the total cost of issuing P60s for the tax year 2019-20?</li> </ol><p>For the tax year 2019-20</p> <ol> <li>SQA issued 25562 P60s for the tax year 2019-20</li> <li>11041 P60s were issued with zero earnings</li> <li>The cost for SQA to issue one P60 is £0.42</li> <li>The total cost of issuing P60s for the tax year 2019-20 was £10740.37</li> </ol>
01/06/2021Social Media
<p>Any materials held by the SQA discussing, referring to or recording criticism of the SQA and/or the 2021 Alternative Certification Model on social media sites between Jan 1 2021 - present</p> <p>This may include, but is not necessarily limited to, email exchanges, other communications (such as Slack, Whatsapp, OneNote, Teams), analysis documents, records from meetings etc.</p> <p>It may include specific references to comments made by individuals or more general discussions of criticism that the SQA has received</p><p>As part of ongoing awareness of the environment in which SQA operates as an organisation we monitor where SQA is mentioned in the public domain.   This includes but is not limited to social media and is a list of the links to the relevant public sites where SQA has been mentioned.  This information is already in the public domain and under section 25(1) of FOISA, SQA is not obliged to provide you with the information which is already reasonably accessible to you and can be accessed from public sites.  </p> <p>SQA has no other written information that meets your request in terms of correspondence, analysis documents, minutes of meetings etc.  Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.</p>
17/06/2021Digital Advertising
<p>I would like to make a Freedom of Information request. I would like information on:</p> <ol> <li>The amount spent on digital advertising in the 2020/21 financial year and the amount spent so far this financial year, both broken down by platform</li> <li>The audience to which each advert was/is targeted for the above information</li> <li>A copy of the current social media advertising plan or strategy or equivalent document which explains the purpose of the ads.</li> </ol><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
17/06/2021ACM
<p>Please can I have all information about the Alternative Certification Model - draft papers , final reports , minutes of all meetings with stakeholders including the Scottish government, letters and emails to and from the Scottish government as well as other stakeholders</p><p>SQA has already published information regarding plans for 2021 Awarding including the Alternative Certification Model.  It is a very fluid situation that SQA is operating in and updated plans co-created with the NQ 2021 Group are published regularly on our website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/96760.html">here</a>.   These plans are produced in line with changes to the public health advice as issued by the Scottish Government.</p> <p>In order to provide you with the information you have requested SQA requires to review all correspondence to retrieve the relevant information, redact where necessary and check.  To do this for all the correspondence requested would cost well in excess of £600.   Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 where an authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would result in costs in excess of £600 they are not required to comply.</p> <p>Under section 15 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Duty to provide advice and assistance - if you can substantially refine your request this could bring the cost below the £600 and SQA will look at this again.  In order to avoid this exemption SQA suggest you may want to</p> <ol> <li>Narrow down the scope to members of the SQA executive management team and</li> <li>Narrow down the request for - all information - to papers, letters and submissions and</li> <li>Narrow the time frame for the request.</li> </ol>
17/06/2021Contract Details
<p>Please see a FOI request for -</p> <ol> <li>The value and duration of contract the SQA has with the Big Partnership</li> <li>What services the Big Partnership carry out for the SQA as part of the contract</li> </ol><ol> <li>SQA has had a contract with the BIG Partnership, renewed annually since November 2016. The current contract is due to expire at the end of October 2021. The value of the contract from November 2016 to date is £229,000.</li> <li>The Big Partnership provides a press office function, answering media enquiries, and advice and support for strategic communications,</li> </ol>
21/06/2021ACM
<p>Under the 2021 ACM for N5, Higher and Advanced Higher, if a teacher believes that a student deserves an A, but the student has only been able to demonstrate attainment at the level of a B or C, is the teacher permitted to award an A?</p> <p> </p> <p>Please note that I am aware of existing documentation around the ACM and do not need this provided. I have asked for a single piece of information which should be provided as a simple yes or no response.</p><p>Please note this is not an FOI request for information held by a public body but rather an enquiry about a hypothetical scenario. The Alternative Certification Model (ACM) is based on demonstrated attainment so the provisional result must be based on the assessment evidence generated by the learner during the year. This is consistent with the approach for all SQA qualifications, where learners need to meet evidence requirements.</p>
24/06/2021Review Response
<p>Firstly, the SQA claims that material I have requested is in the public domain but has not told me where I can find it, but does not seem to me to be in keeping with the requirement of public bodies to assist requesters in accessing the information they seek.</p> <p><br /> Secondly, I do not believe that the allegedly online material will in fact cover all of my request. I asked specifically about critical social media comments relating either to the SQA as a whole or to it's Alternative Certification Model for 2021, not a list of 'SQA in the news' type links, which seems to be the sort of thing to which the original response refers.</p> <p><br /> The SQA response admits that the organisation monitors social media, and it is not therefore credible to suggest that no records of that monitoring exist.</p> <p><br /> I also simply do not believe that no other information exists that would fall within the scope of my request. Given that you have already confirmed that the SQA monitors social media, and given the scale of the criticism to which the organisation has been subjected, the idea that there are no emails or other communications in which the situation is mentioned is simply beyond credibility.</p> <p><br /> Given all of this, I reiterate my original request for any material referring to or recording criticism social media criticism of the SQA.</p><p><a class="downloadPdf" href="files_ccc/foi-21-22-018-review-response.pdf">Review Response</a> (122 KB)</p>
25/06/2021ACM Costs
<p>Can you clarify the following as to what these actually are <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/96277.html">(in the FOI link)</a>:</p> <p>(a) Qualification Development</p> <p>(b) Logistics & Events</p> <p>(c) why were there markers fees when everything in 2020 and 2021 is in a school?</p> <p>Finally, why is it anticipated that the costs associated with evidence gathering and quality assurance will be higher this year? In comparison to previous years (ie. before 2020) this cost would be small and yet money saved on printing and postage does not play a part in budgetary forecasts? Why? It still does not answer why full fees are being charged, when quite clearly, there is less 'to do' generally.</p><p>(a) Qualification Development<br /> <br /> Qualifications Development is an area of the organisation which is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining qualifications and assessments.   <br />  </p> <p>(b) Logistics & Events<br /> <br /> Logistics & Events relates to the planning and execution of all meetings and events, whether physical or virtual, that are required for the delivery of an exam diet and certification.  These meetings and events cover things like marking, understanding standards and training. </p> <p> </p> <p>(c) why were there markers fees when everything in 2020 and 2021 is in a school?</p> <p>The cancellation of the 2020 exam diet was announced on the 19th March 2020, however prior to this, external assessment of practical components had already been taking place e.g. performance of musical instruments.   We are liable to pay appointees for this work when we receive their reports, which we continued to receive into the new financial year (April onwards).   The Marker Fees and expenses quoted in the previous FOI response relates to this specific work, there were no marking costs associated with exam scripts.</p> <p> </p> <p>Finally, why is it anticipated that the costs associated with evidence gathering and quality assurance will be higher this year?</p> <p>The 2020 exam diet was cancelled at short notice, therefore it was not possible to implement an evidence-based quality assurance process in the timescales available.  In contrast, the cancellation of the 2021 diet was announced much further in advance and the resulting Alternative Certification Model, which was co-created with a wide range of stakeholders, includes an evidence-based quality assurance component, this carries an associated cost. </p> <p>In comparison to previous years (ie. before 2020) this cost would be small and yet money saved on printing and postage does not play a part in budgetary forecasts? Why? It still does not answer why full fees are being charged, when quite clearly, there is less 'to do' generally.</p> <p>Direct income received by SQA for all our awarding and commercial activities ¿ not just National Qualifications ¿ does not cover the full cost of SQA activities. The remaining net expenditure is funded by Grant in Aid from the Scottish Government. </p> <p>In 20/21 there was a notable reduction in the level of funding we received and this was reflective of the reduction in our operating costs as a result of the cancellation of the exam diet and the wider impact of Covid-19. Please note that the actual figure for 20/21 is net of £24.4 million of Grant in Aid previously agreed but not drawn down from the Scottish Government. In 21/22, the actual cost of delivery of all SQA activities will be monitored closely on a monthly basis and any movement in  the cost of delivery will be communicated to Scottish Government and our level of funding will be adjusted accordingly through the normal formal process.</p>
25/06/2021Alternative Certification Model (ACM)
<p>Please release copies of communications between the SQA and centres (schools and colleges) regarding the application of the ACM 2021. Specifically, this request replies to communication on the topic of pupils who have been unable to demonstrate what their teacher / school regards as their genuine level of ability. Such communication may, for example, take the form of requests for advice in relation to specific candidates, or general enquiries for what to do under circumstances where such students are being affected.</p><p>SQA has provided the following information to Centres and it has been published on our website at the links provided.   Whenever centres request information, guidance or advice in relation to specific candidates they are provided with the link to this published guidance.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/97964.html">Contingency arrangement for incomplete evidence for graded National Courses in 2021</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/72074.html#Section7">Incomplete evidence contingency arrangement - centres (Eligibility and criteria questions)</a></li> </ul> <p>The incomplete evidence message was issued to centres and local authorities on 7 June 2021 - <a href="https://pages.sqa.org.uk/index.php/email/emailWebview?md_id=4115">https://bit.ly/3iTf1Ue</a></p> <p>SQA News (issued to all Scottish centres) on Thursday 10 June 2021 also included information on the incomplete evidence option.</p> <p>In addition, this information is published on our website in FAQs:</p> <p><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/72074.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/72074.html</a> - Incomplete evidence contingency - learners: 'how are you taking into account disruption to my learning?'</p> <p>There are also two Centre FAQs on this topic published on this page.</p> <p><strong>SQA's focus remains on supporting our young people to succeed</strong></p> <p>Following the publication of the new appeals process which, for the first time, gives learners the right to appeal directly - and for free - to SQA, our Chief Executive and Scotland's Chief Examiner, Fiona Robertson reflects on this exceptional year in Scottish education.</p> <p>Read more  <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/97997.html?utm_source=sqanews&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nq2021_appeals&utm_content=appeals_ceo_blog">https://bit.ly/2TKCwo1</a></p>
09/07/2021International Travel
<p>1) Please outline how many international trips members of SQA's senior management team went on in the year 2020/21?</p> <p>2) For each business trip please outline where the destination was, the length of stay, the purpose of the visit/trip, who went on the visit/trip, what accommodation the party stayed in, the mode of transport taken and if it involved air travel, what class they flew?</p> <p>3) For each trip, please outline the cost of transport and accommodation stay separately.</p> <p>4) For each member of staff please outline the type of hotel/accommodation stay (i.e single room, suite etc) the trip involved.</p> <p>5) Please also include the name of the hotel stayed in and the airline travelled with.</p> <p>6) Please outline what new and existing international agreements were made by the SQA in this year.</p> <p>7) For each international agreement, please outline what Further Education establishment it was made with, its location and if, possible, how much the contract was worth and how long it runs for.</p> <p>For each of the questions 1-7 above please also answer for the year 2019/20.</p><p>Q1 - 5</p> <ul> <li>There were no international trips in 2020/21.</li> <li>The information for 2019/20 is provided in the attached file.</li> </ul> <p>SQA and its predecessor bodies have been working internationally for over 25 years, reflecting our globally recognised expertise in qualifications development and delivery and supporting the Scottish Government's international strategy to enhance Scotland's standing around the world. There continues to be a demand for SQA qualifications and services. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has slowed down in most regions.</p> <p>Q6 - No new international consultancy contracts were awarded during 2019/20 or 2020/21.</p> <p>Q7 - As is the case with UK centres on an ongoing basis SQA received income from awarding sales through international centres totalling £2,383,233 in 2019/20 and £2,354,369 in 2020/21.</p>
25/06/2021Grade Boundaries
<p>To fulfil its obligations defined in the FOISA, the SQA needs:</p> <p>1. To provide a precise and full description of how the grade boundaries are actually determined from year to year.</p> <p>2. To answer why the annual percentage of the different grades (A to D) for each of the National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher National Qualifications and across subjects is remarkably consistent year on year if norm referencing is not used?</p> <p>3. To give a full explanation as to why the grade boundaries are determined after the exams have been taken and marked.</p> <p>4. To explain and justify why the grade boundaries are not set before an exam is taken using, for example, the Angoff process.</p><p>In addition to the Grade Boundary document that you reference in your request - <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/A_Guide_to_Setting_Grade_Boundaries_v1.3.pdf">A Guide to Setting Grade Boundaries</a> - SQA provides a response to each question of your request in the attached file. </p>
25/06/2021Contract Details
<p>I wish to submit a request to the organisation around their hosting contract(s) with 3rd party providers.</p> <p>The type of contract I wish to see is below:</p> <p>1.       Cloud Hosting - Cloud hosting services provide hosting for websites on virtual servers, which pull their computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical web servers.</p> <p>Not all of these will be applicable to the organisation.</p> <p>For the different types of hosting services, can you provide me with the following information:</p> <p>1.       Type of hosting - Dedicated, Co-Location, Cloud Hosting, Other?</p> <p>2.       Who is the supplier of the contract? If possible can you also provide me with the name of the vendor, if applicable?</p> <p>3.       What is the annual contract value for each contract?</p> <p>4.       What type of cloud environment?</p> <p>Private Cloud - a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the specified client can operate.</p> <p>Public Cloud - where cloud services are provided in a virtualized environment, constructed using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network such as the internet.</p> <p>Hybrid - integrated cloud service utilising both private and public clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organisation.</p> <p>5.       What is the original start date of the contract agreement? If there are more than one contract please provide me with the start date for each contract.</p> <p>6.       What is the actual expiry date of the contract agreement? If there are more than one contract please provide me with the expiry date for each contract.</p> <p>7.       When will the organisation plan to review this contract? If there are more than one contract please provide me with the review date for each contract.</p> <p>8.       What is the contract period in years? Please include whether the agreement has any extension periods?</p> <p>9.       What services are provided under the contract? Please do not put hosting information such as web hosting, file storage, hosted application. The more information the better,</p> <p>10.   Can you please provide me with the contract officer responsible for this contract? Complete contact details if possible name, title, contact email and number.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
28/06/2021NQ Quality Assurance
<p>As part of the ACM 2021 the SQA has been carrying out a process of quality assuring centres by reviewing a sample of assessment material and judgements. I understand that feedback has now been provided to centres.</p> <p>I would therefore like to request the following under FOISA:</p> <p>Please release all feedback provided to centres as part of the above-described quality assurance process for the 2021 ACM. This should be provided on a centre-by-centre basis and make clear which subject/level it relates to. I would expect that the name of the centre in each case would be redacted but would ask that you do specify whether each centre is a state school, private school or FE college.</p><p>The Quality Assurance process is an integral part of how SQA works with and supports centres individually and as a whole to understand standards.</p> <p>As part of the ACM 2021 Awarding process to ensure centres understand standards and apply them appropriately per subject SQA carried out the ACM national quality assurance exercise. All centres delivering national qualifications at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher were included in the quality assurance exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to determine whether marking was to the national standard, not to consider the full evidence being used to determine provisional results as partial or incomplete candidate evidence could be used.  And crucially it was also not necessary for the submitted material to be part of the final evidence base to be used for determining provisional results, if this was not yet available. </p> <p>As part of the support to individual centres feedback reports were produced to provide specific feedback to them on the subjects and levels for which they were selected.  However the main intention of the exercise was to communicate with all centres and provide guidance in understanding standards for all subjects. 109 Key Message reports are published on the SQA website on the qualification-specific pages. These give a good overview of the collated feedback from all the centre feedback reports, including the assessments used, to what extent assessment approaches and judgements were in line with national standards and the common areas of advice provided to centres where they were not fully meeting national standards. These reports were published in June 2021 and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45625.html">here</a>. Select the subject, then the level of qualification required, then select 2021 Key Messages. These key message reports provide information on any common themes and key points from the evidence submitted and reviewed across all the selections. The report is provided for all delivering centres to reflect upon and make any appropriate adjustments.  </p> <p>Due to the volume of reports generated as part of this exercise to provide you with a copy of each feedback report as requested by you would cost SQA well in excess of £600 to produce. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, where an authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would result in costs in excess of £600, they are not required to comply.</p> <p>We also consider that it is not in the public interest to put these individual centre reports into the public domain since the stated objective of the exercise is to provide written guidance on understanding standards at a subject level to all delivering centres.</p> <p>Please note the centre type (state school, independent school, college, training provider) was not recorded in the feedback reports.</p> <p> </p>
05/07/2021Post Result Services
<p><br /> 1. How many appeals were lodged to the SQA in the 5 years before 2014 (2009-2013). Please break this down into each different subject across the different levels of qualifications, e.g, Advanced Higher, Higher, National 5 etc. <br /> 2. How many appeals were lodged from and including 2014 until the present with the SQA. Please break this down into each different subject across the different levels of qualifications e.g. Advanced Higher, Higher National 5 etc. <br /> 3. Please provide the breakdown of how many appeals were successful, providing a breakdown of how the grades changed as a result.<br />  </p><p>The information you have requested is published on our website and can be accessed at the following links.  Please note that from 2009 - 2013 SQA provided an appeals service.  From 2014 under Curriculum for Excellence provided a Post Results Service covering Clerical checks, Priority Marking Reviews and Marking Reviews.</p> <p>For point 1 our statistical archive section    <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.html</a> contains appeals data for each individual year (2009-2013).   Select the year you require from the drop down menu.</p> <p>For point 2  our statistical archive section     <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.html</a> contains results services data for each individual year (2014 - 2019).   Again select the year required from the drop down menu.</p> <p>In the absence of exams in 2020 for point 2 our information archive section <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57520.html">https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57520.html</a> contains appeals data for 2020.</p> <p>For point 3 information about successful appeals and upgrades/downgrades under the Post Results Service is provided in the links above.   SQA does not publish grade changes on our website.  However in the attached table we have provided this for 2014-2020.   To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than five, SQA does not report the actual figure.to protect individuals' personal information.  Where the number is smaller than 5 the figure has been replaced with 3 asterisks***.</p>
08/07/2021Contract Details
<p>1) Please advise what technologies (including version) you use for HR, Payroll, L&D, Finance, Procurement and Contact Centre.</p> <p>2) Please advise if your HR, Payroll, L&D, Finance, Procurement and Contact Centre services are outsourced to third parties, and if so, when does the contract end?</p><p>1)  While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the information requested is exempt under section 35(1)(a) of the Act as the public disclosure of information about our IT systems would potentially compromise the security of the services delivered.  Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in transparency about the systems SQA uses.</p> <p>2) None are outsourced.</p>
08/07/2021NQ History
<p>I would like to request the information as to how the decision was reached to 1st of all drop the assignment from Higher History and then to find out who was consulted on which topics to not assess this year in Advanced Higher History.</p> <p>The decisions, it seems, were taken without the consultation of practitioners and as such I would like to know who was involved in the making decision and how the decision was reached.</p><p>The response to your request is provided in the attached document.</p>
08/07/2021ACM
<p>The National Qualifications 2021 Group put in place contingency arrangements which mean some pupils 'disproportionately disrupted by the pandemic' have been allowed to delay some assessment until schools return following the summer holidays, with the final deadline for submission 3 September.<br /> <br /> The guidance for the 'Incomplete Evidence Contingency' states that the deadline by which schools had to tell SQA if they intended to use this service was 25 June.<br /> <br /> As this deadline has now passed, could you please tell me how many pupils SQA has been told plan to use this contingency?<br /> <br /> How many schools have indicated they want to use the contingency? (if possible broken down into state, private and grant-aided).<br /> <br /> Is it just pupils sitting National 5, Highers or Advanced Highers who will be able to use this contingency?<br /> <br /> And could you please put the figure for the number of pupils schools have indicated will use the contingency in context - what proportion of pupils taking national qualifications is this?</p><p>I can confirm that the Incomplete Evidence Contingency service only applies to candidates taking National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. </p> <p>In regard to your other questions, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the information is exempt from disclosure under section 27(1) of the Act as it is held with a view to being published at a future date, and in all the circumstances it is reasonable that the information be withheld from disclosure until that time. Information will be published in August 2021 as part of our attainment statistics and will be available on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48269.8311.html">here</a>.</p>
08/07/2021Equalities
<p>What was the membership fee given to Stonewall as part of their Diversity Champions programme in each of 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 by your organisation?</p> <p>What additional monies have been given to Stonewall in each of 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21? Specifically, this incorporates:</p> <ul> <li>Events/conferences (where, for example, your organisation has purchased tickets to attend or entered raffles or auctions organised by Stonewall). Please name any events/conferences that your organisation attended and the date attended.</li> <li>Other programmes (such as LGBT Leadership programme, LGBT Role Model programme, Ally and/or Trans Ally programmes, as well as Train the Trainer programmes).</li> </ul><p>Membership fee:</p> <p>2018-19 £3000</p> <p>2019-20 £3000</p> <p>2020-21 £3000</p> <p> </p> <p>Additional monies:</p> <p>17/11/17       Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference                 £240</p> <p> </p> <p>17/05/18       Stonewall Scotland Allies Programme                         £720</p> <p>18/05/18       Stonewall Scotland LGBT Role Models Programme   £720</p> <p>23/11/18       Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference                 £720</p> <p> </p> <p>12/06/19       Stonewall Scotland LGBT Role Models Programme    £390</p> <p>29/11/19       Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference                 £756</p>
09/07/2021Post Results Services
<p>Please breakdown the appeals in the 5 years prior to 2014 into those lodged from the private and independent sector as opposed to the state sector. Please provide the rate of success of appeals from the private and independent sector compared to the state sector during that period. Please provide the results of any analysis that has been carried out on the impact of pupil performance as a result of the changes introduced in 2014. Please provide any information provided to parents informing them of the changes introduced in 2014.</p><p>The statistical information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p> <p>In regard to your question about the impact of pupil performance, the attainment performance of each subject is kept under review by SQA on an annual basis and all aspects are given scrutiny during the awarding (grade boundary) process.</p> <p>SQA produced a leaflet - A Guide for Parents and Carers to the new National Qualification - which includes a section explaining the Post Results Service introduced in 2014.   This is no longer available on our website but a copy is attached.  It was published in November 2013.</p>
13/07/2021NQ Attainment
<p>Can I please have details of provisional grades submitted by schools and colleges for those completing National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards in 2021. Please provide the information in the following way National 5/Higher/Advanced Higher</p> <p>Grade A - Number of provisional awards at this level</p> <p>Grade B - Number of provisional awards at this level</p> <p>Grade C - Number of provisional awards at this level</p> <p>Grade D - Number of provisional awards at this level</p> <p>No award - Number of provisional awards at this level</p><p>As part of our statutory obligation to publish the national results the information you have requested will be published on our website once candidates have received their certificates of attainment.  In this instance the information is exempt from disclosure under section 27(1) of the Act as it is held with a view to being published at a future date, and in all the circumstances it is reasonable that the information be withheld from disclosure until that time. Information will be published in August 2021 as part of our attainment statistics and will be available on our website <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48269.8311.html">here</a>.</p>
16/07/2021NQ Geography
<p>Do course specifications for N4, N5, Higher or Advanced Higher courses in Geography or any other subject for 2021-22 include any text relating to benefits of Climate Change?</p> <p>On 20/06/2020 SQA website course specification document for N5 Geography said... "Equal consideration should be given to environmental and economic benefits that could be created... " from Climate Change.</p><p>SQA can confirm that no SQA Course Specification for 2021/22 for N4, N5, Higher or Advanced Higher, for any subject, includes reference to ‘benefits’ or ‘equal consideration’ in relation to climate change.</p> <p> </p> <p>The terms referred to above only ever appeared in the Support Notes Appendix of the Course Specification for N5 Geography, as optional support for teachers.  However, course content for N5 Geography was devised a number of years ago, and since then views on climate change have evolved to a point whereby this terminology became open to misinterpretation so SQA have worked with the teaching profession to remove both these terms to ensure the National 5 wording is appropriate for today’s learners.  The revised Course Specification for N5 Geography was posted on our website on 15 July 2021 and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47446.html">here</a> and then select Course Specification.</p>
20/07/2021Contract Details
<p>I'm looking for the following information under freedom of information please. How much do you pay external companies to handle your PR and comms please? Can I have an annual breakdown of the figure for the last three years? Please contact me via phone or email with any questions or clarifications.</p><p>SQA responded to a similar request on 17 June 2021.  The response is published on our Disclosure Log and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/98141.html">here</a>,   Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you and can be accessed at the link above. </p>
20/07/2021ICT Expenditure
<p>Please could you provide me with information about your organisation's ICT expenditure.</p> <p>Please include expenditure for the period April to March (or closest based on your financial year) for 2019/20 and 2020/21. Please enter in £s, not in £000s, or £ms. Please include revenue and capital expenditure, if possible. The items include:</p> <p>Networking Services - please exclude equipment - see below</p> <p>Networking Equipment - please exclude services - see above</p> <p>Mobility Services (includes voice (calls), messaging and data. If possible please exclude cost of mobile devices.</p> <p>Mobile Devices - Mobile handsets or smartphones. If possible, please exclude cost of mobile services.</p> <p>Fixed Line Services - Line rental or broadband. Please exclude mobile services.</p> <p>Fixed Line Devices - Telephones and conferencing equipment. Please exclude mobile devices.</p> <p>Security Equipment - Example: network firewall (hardware, not software)</p> <p>Please do not include spend through a managed service. If any or all of the above are provided through a managed service, please enter "0", and state 'Managed Service' in Comments column.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.</p>
22/07/2021Handling Media Requests
<ol> <li>Please send me all policy documents which inform/ govern/ guide the way your organisation handles media requests and the publication of information. Please include all such documents which mention the Scottish Government, ministers or Scottish Government departments.</li> <li>Please also send me any emails. minutes, memos and documents which update that policy or affect the way it is implemented which have been sent from the Scottish Government to your organisation or from your organisation to the Scottish Government since January 1 2020.</li> </ol><ol> <li>SQA does not have a media handling policy document.   Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.   With regard to your request about the publication of information please see our web page on <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57734.html">How do I access information?</a></li> <li>SQA has no correspondence with the Scottish Government about a media handling policy. Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.</li> </ol>
23/07/2021Learner Panels
<ul> <li>Full details (date, attendees, location if in person) of any Learner Panel events held by the SQA</li> <li>Copies of minutes from each of the events</li> <li>Copies of any personal notes made by SQA staff during each of the events</li> </ul><p>The information you have requested has taken longer than usual to collate. However we can now provide you with the information below.</p> <p>Six events involving learner panels took place between November 2020 and April 2021. The details you requested about learner panels and SQA notes related to these events, are provided in the attachment. Please note that SQA will not provide the names of any SQA staff below the level of head of service, nor will it provide the names of non-SQA staff and learners who attended these panels.   The information provided has been redacted for personal data only.</p> <p>While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, SQA does not hold some of the information requested. SQA did not produce formal notes for two of these events and there are no personal notes from SQA staff who attended the events. As required under Section 17 of FOISA, if we do not hold the information requested, we must advise you accordingly.  However the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) notes from the panel on 26 April can be accessed <a href="https://syp.org.uk/project/learner-panel/">here</a>.</p>
17/08/2021Scottish Baccalaureate
<p>The number of Expressive Arts Scottish Baccalaureate's taken and awards for 2021/22, rather than the overall number recently published for all four frameworks.</p><p>SQA has recently published the 2021 Awards for academic year 2020/21.   The information you have requested regarding the Expressive Arts Scottish Baccalaureate entries and awards for 2020/21 can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/64717.8312.html">here</a>.   Select the Attainment Statistics (August) 2021 – Provisional, then select the SCQF 7 tab in the spreadsheet.   The first table under Full Attainment is the Scottish Baccalaureate and the Expressive Arts entries and attainment for 2021 and 2020 are listed.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than five, SQA does not report the actual figure.to protect individuals’ personal information. Grade distributions are suppressed where qualification entries are fewer than 5 or where, if shown, it would be possible to calculate grade distributions where entries are fewer than 5 and the figure has been replaced with 3 asterisks***.</p> <p>The information for academic year 2021/22 which is just starting now will be published by SQA when it is available in August 2022.</p>
19/08/2021Review Response
<p>I am dissatisfied with your response and am requesting a review. This specifically relates to my request for </p> <p>"the results of any analysis that has been carried out on the impact of pupil performance as a result of the changes introduced in 2014."</p> <p>I cannot see anything in your response which provides information on the results of such an analysis other than a very generalised reference which does not meet the requirements of my request,</p><p>See attached review response.</p>
20/08/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>The percentage of pupils that were awarded 5 A grades at higher level in 2021. The percentage of pupils that were awarded 5 A grades at higher level in 2020. The percentage of pupils that were awarded 5 A grades at higher level in 2019. The percentage of pupils that were awarded 5 A grades at higher level in 2018. The percentage of pupils that were awarded 5 A grades at higher level in 2017.</p><p>The information you have requested for the years 2017 – 2020 is published on SQA’s website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.  Select the year required from the drop down menu.   From the Annual Statistical Report select the level of qualification required.   Table 6c lists the Grade As per learner for that year.</p> <p> </p> <p>Similar information for 2021 will be published in February 2022 as per the <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48513.8316.html">Statistical Publication Schedule</a>.   This will be based on the December attainment figures which will include any changes to grades as a result of the appeals process.   However based on the August attainment figures I can confirm that 5,164 candidates (7.8%) attained 5 A grades at Higher.</p>
20/08/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>I would please like to know the percentage of students, of those who sat at least one Advanced Higher, that achieved 3  band 1 As or more at Advanced Higher in the 2019 exam diet.</p><p>The number of candidates who achieved 3 or more Grade A band 1s at Advanced Higher in the 2019 exam diet is 84 (0.6%). </p>
20/08/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>I would like to know how many candidates got 5A'S 6A'S AND 7A'S in higher in the session 2020-2021 and how many candidates got 9 A'S in national 5 in 2019-2020.</p><p>The information you have requested for 2020 Awarding is published on SQA’s website and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/57518.8313.html">here</a>.  Select the year required (2020) from the drop down menu.   From the Annual Statistical Report select the level of qualification (National 5) required.   Table 6c lists the Grade As per learner for that year.</p> <p> </p> <p>Similar information for 2021 will be published in February 2022 as per the <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48513.8316.html">Statistical Publication Schedule</a>.   This will be based on the December attainment figures which will include any changes to grades as a result of the appeals process.   However based on the August attainment figures I can confirm that 5,164 candidates attained 5 A grades, 375 attained 6 A grades and 15 attained 7 A grades at Higher.</p>
20/08/2021Appeals System 2021
<p>All communication between the SQA and Scottish Government regarding / referring to the appeals system for 2021 results, the details of which have now been published on the SQA website: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/79049.html</p> <p>The time frame for this request is 1/3/2021 - 2/6/2021</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.   The information provided has been redacted for personal data.</p> <p>While our aim is to provide information whenever possible SQA has withheld some information where exemption 30(b)(ii) – the free and frank exchange of views - applies.   Where this exemption has been applied is indicated on the emails included in the attached files.  The exemption applies because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation.   The exemption recognises the need for individuals to have a private space within which to seek advice and views from others before reaching a settled public position.   Disclosing the content would substantially inhibit the provision of advice and the exchange of views in the future.</p> <p>This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of being an open, transparent and accountable public body, and to inform public debate. However, there is a greater public interest in allowing a private space within which officials can provide free and frank advice and views to other officials.</p>
20/08/2021Appeals Consultation 2021
<p>Internal comms regarding/referring to responses to, or analysis of, the responses to the SQA appeals consultation, the details of which are now published on the SQA website: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/79049.html</p> <p>The time frame for this request is 1/3/2021 - 2/6/2021</p><p>The information you have requested has been provided in the attached file.   The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) provides the right of access to information and not documents and SQA has provided a table of the references to, or analysis of, the SQA appeals consultation from a variety of internal documents.   This has been redacted for personal data only.</p> <p>Internal email correspondence has also been included and this has been redacted for personal data.  While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance SQA is unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemption 30(b)(ii) (free and frank exchange of views) of FOISA applies to this information.  The exemption applies because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation.   The exemption recognises the need for individuals to have a private space within which to seek advice and views from others before reaching a settled public position.   Disclosing the content would substantially inhibit the provision of advice and the exchange of views in the future.</p> <p>This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of being an open, transparent and accountable public body, and to inform public debate. However, there is a greater public interest in allowing a private space within which officials can provide free and frank advice and views to other officials.</p>
20/08/2021Appeals System 2021
<p>Any communication discussing / responding to concerns about the quantity of appeals that the SQA may receive in relation to any 2021 appeals processes</p> <p>The time frame for this request is 1/2/2021 - 2/6/2021</p> <p> </p><p>Please note SQA has published the 2021 <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/nq-appeals-2021-consultation-analysis.pdf">National Qualifications Appeals Process Consultation Analysi</a>s and the <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/97678.html">Consultation responses</a>.</p> <p>In addition to this the information you have requested has been provided in the attached file.  The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) provides the right of access to information and not documents and SQA has provided a table of the references to the quantity of appeals that SQA may receive in relation to the 2021 appeals process from a variety of internal documents.   This has been redacted for personal data only.</p>
20/08/2021Appeals System 2021
<p>All correspondence between the Scottish Government (including Ministers, officials and special advisors), with the Scottish Qualifications Authority between the 24th May 2021 - 3rd June 2021 in relation to the development of the appeals process for the 2021 national qualifications. </p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached files.  These have been redacted for personal data only.</p>
31/08/2021Bullying Complaints
<p>I am looking for information about bullying complaints made by civil servants. Please could you provide me with the following:</p> <p>1.     How many civil servants have made complaints that they have been bullied by another civil servant/staff member in the last three calendar years (up to and including August 2021)? To be clear, I’m asking for information for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Please could you break this information down by year and gender.</p> <p>2.      How many civil servants/staff have faced civil service disciplinary investigations as a result of an accusation of bullying made against them by a civil servant in the last three calendar years (up to and including August 2021)? Please could you break this information down by year, gender. In each case, please could you state whether any misconduct was found and, if so, what type of disciplinary action was taken including verbal/written/final warnings, suspension, dismissal etc.</p><p>SQA does not hold any information relevant to your request.   Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect. </p> <p>For future reference please note that SQA is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and as such staff are not civil servants.</p>
31/08/2021Malpractice Statistics
<p>Under the FOISA, I would be grateful if you could now provide me with the number of malpractice investigations undertaken by the SQA in each of the last five years. Of these, please provide the numbers where the outcome found against the Centre and the numbers that were subsequently appealed and appeals upheld. The figures should show the split between Scotland College Centres and “Others”. Can you also provide the same information for the SQA group award GN2A 44 and the SQA unit HX12 04.</p><p>As a public body SQA is obliged to respond to requests made to us under the Freedom of Information legislation.   However there are many other communication channels through which SQA responds to requests for information.   Indeed your FOI request came in the middle of ongoing correspondence with SQA and if asked as part of that communication we would have provided you with the same information.</p> <p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.   Please note that in order to ensure the confidentiality of the data where the value is less than 5 (1 to 4), it is represented as * and 0 represents zero values.</p>
31/08/2021Harassment Complaints
<p>I am looking for information about sexual harassment complaints. Please could you provide me with the following:</p> <p>1.   How many civil servants have made complaints that they have been sexually harassed by another civil servant/staff member in the last three calendar years (up to and including August 2021)? To be clear, I’m asking for information for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Please could you break this information down by year and gender.</p> <p>2.      How many civil servants/staff have faced civil service disciplinary investigations as a result of a sexual harassment claim made against them by a civil servant in the last three calendar years (up to and including August 2021)? Please could you break this information down by year, gender. In each case, please could you state whether any misconduct was found and, if so, what type of disciplinary action was taken including verbal/written/final warnings, suspension, dismissal etc.</p> <p>3.      Please could you state in any of the cases above whether the police was notified of the staff member’s sexual harassment complaint/if any investigation/charges were brought. Please could you break this information down by year.</p><p>SQA does not hold any information relevant to your request.   Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect. </p> <p>For future reference please note that SQA is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and as such staff are not civil servants.</p>
31/08/2021Grants made
<p>Please provide the following information for 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:</p> <ul> <li>The value of grants made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all grants separately.</li> <li>The value of loans made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all loans separately.</li> </ul> <p>The payments made to charities and third sector organisations relate to the following only:</p> <ul> <li>Operation Black Vote          </li> <li>U.K. Black Pride    </li> <li>Mermaids </li> <li>Ozanne Foundation</li> <li>Gendered Intelligence      </li> <li>British Medical Association </li> <li>ActionAid UK</li> <li>Hope Not Hate       </li> <li>Led by Donkeys </li> <li>Extinction Rebellion</li> <li>Migrants Organise</li> <li>CLASS   </li> <li>Black Lives Matter </li> <li>Action on Smoking and Health   </li> <li>Action on Smoking and Health Scotland</li> <li>Action on Smoking and Health Wales       </li> <li>Breath 2025</li> <li>Association of Directors of Public Health</li> <li>Improving Performance in Practice (previously Public Management Associates)</li> </ul><p>SQA does not provide grants or loans therefore we do not hold any information relevant to your request.  Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect.  </p>
02/09/2021OECD Report
<p>In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you could comply with the following request:</p> <p>1.         Please provide a copy of each draft report received by the SQA of the OECD's independent review of the Curriculum for Excellence.</p> <p>2.         Please provide a copy of all the SQA's discussions with (a) the OECD (b) Scottish ministers or other agencies such as Education Scotland and (c) any other person or organisation regarding the draft reports.</p> <p>3.         Please provide a copy of all the SQA's requests for changes to draft reports of the independent review, including any proposals for changes that were taken to any meetings with the OECD, partners such as Education Scotland or the Scottish Government, or the Scottish Practitioner Forum.</p><p>1   SQA received one draft copy of the OECD’s independent review of Curriculum for Excellence (point 1 above).   This was a confidential copy of the report sent to SQA by the Scottish Government to enable them to gather comments on this draft as per the instruction from the OECD.   Please refer to the email chain from Fiona Robertson attached. </p> <p>2   SQA had no other meetings with the OECD team carrying out the independent review or with Scottish ministers or other agencies such as Education Scotland or any other person or organisation regarding the draft report. However we have included an email and attached document sent by Scottish Government on 11 March in advance of a meeting to discuss a ‘Stakeholder seminar to discuss OECD preliminary draft findings’ held on 16 March 2021.</p> <p>SQA, along with a wide range of other stakeholders, attended this Seminar. Its purpose is set out clearly in the paragraph in italics at the bottom of the first page of the document attached to the email.   This Seminar did allow SQA, along with the other stakeholders, the opportunity to explore and comment on the report’s findings but in a large event at which SQA was just one of many participants contributing on an equal basis.</p> <p>The email was circulated to SQA and a small number of others ‘in confidence, as members of the Scottish Practitioner Forum, who have been advising the OECD during the Review.’  to inform a pre-meeting of the Scottish Practitioner Forum on 11 March before the event on 16th. As the email indicates the purpose of this pre-meeting was to discuss the conduct of the 16 March workshop and not to provide feedback on the extracts of the draft report contained in the doc attached to the email.</p> <p>3  The draft copy of the report and SQA’s comments are provided in the attached files.   These have been redacted for personal data only.</p>
06/09/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>National A-C Higher attainment rate broken down by SIMD deciles for 2021, 2020 and 2019</p><p>The information you have requested for the years 2017 to 2021 is provided in the attached file.</p>
06/09/2021Contract Details
<p>In excel spreadsheet form, please list any public relations, communications, media consultancy or lobbying firms hired by your organisation in the last five years:</p> <p>Please provide:</p> <p>The name of the firm (or individual/freelancer)</p> <p>The contract number</p> <p>The start and end date of each contract</p> <p>The amount of money paid to each firm (including VAT)</p> <p>The remit/purpose of the hire, and detail of what activities they undertook for your organisation</p> <p>For avoidance of doubt, please provide more detail than, for example, "communications and PR support". Instead, please detail what specific issues were communicated and how this was done.</p><p>SQA responded to a similar request on 17 June 2021.  The response is published on our Disclosure Log and can be accessed <a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/98141.html">here</a>.   There has been no change to the information provided then.  Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you and can be accessed at the link above.  If, however, you do not have access to the internet to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.</p>
08/09/2021National Attainment Statistics
<p>1  Would it be possible to compile and release a record of the number of students who sat each number of advanced higher exams in the 2019 exam diet, for example the number of students who sat 1 advanced higher, the number who sat 2, and so on up to the number who sat the highest amount of advanced higher exams? Alongside this I would be interested to see the number of A grades achieved among each group, for example how many students who sat 3 advanced highers achieved A in 1,2,3, or none of their advanced highers taken.</p> <p> </p> <p>2  This second part of the request may be more difficult, but would it be possible to compile a second set of data containing the number of students with each number of advanced higher qualifications passed up to and including the 2019 exam diet? For example, if a student sat 3 advanced highers in 2019 but had sat one the previous year they would be considered to have 4 overall. Similarly I would be interested to see the rate of A grades for these groups of students.</p><p>The information you have requested is provided in the attached file.  To ensure that we comply with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, where the figure is less than five or could be deduced from the total, SQA does not report the actual figure.to protect individuals’ personal information.  In this case the figure has been replaced with an asterisk *.</p>
23/09/2021Contract Details
<p>I would be grateful if you would provide details of your current contract covering reprographics/print arrangements as follows</p> <p>1. Number of MFDs (Multi-functional devices) & photocopiers at the Scottish Qualification Authority</p> <p>2. Name of incumbent</p> <p>3. Start/end date of contract</p> <p>4. Details of any extension options</p> <p>5. Is this a managed service</p> <p>6. What framework used</p> <p>7. Number of regular/desktop printers (in addition to above)</p> <p>8. Is there a support contract on above, if yes state start/end date</p> <p>9. Does SQA have a Print Room</p> <p>10. If yes, name of supplier, number of devices and start/end date of contract, also details of any extension options</p> <p>11. What print software does SQA run</p> <p>12. Who supplies your outsourced print requirements</p> <p>13. Start/end date of contract</p> <p>14. Name of person responsible for print at SQA</p><p>1. There are 18 devices</p> <p>2. Xerox UK Ltd</p> <p>3. The duration of the contract is from 01/04/2021 to 31/03/2026</p> <p>4. There is an extension option of 2 years</p> <p>5. It is a managed service</p> <p>6. Equipment Framework SP-016-013</p> <p>7. 3</p> <p>8. Yes runs in tandem with the contract</p> <p>9. Yes</p> <p>10. Print room is run by SQA staff, 5 devices – Start Date 1/12/20 – 30/11/25 with the option to extend for 2 years.</p> <p>11.   What print software does SQA run – SQA will not disclose this information under clause 35.</p> <p>While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the information requested is exempt under section 35(1)(a) of the Act as the public disclosure of information about our IT systems would potentially compromise the security of the services delivered.  Section 35 is a qualified exemption so we have considered the public interest but we believe that on this occasion the risk to data outweighs the public interest in transparency about the systems SQA uses.</p> <p>12. Run Mini competitions against Scot Gov framework - Print and Associated Services (2019) Lot 1 – Litho / Digital Print Services Reference: SP-18-001</p> <p>13. 01/04/19 – 31/03/23</p> <p>14. The Print and Dispatch Manager is the person responsible for print at SQA</p>
23/09/2021NQ Question Papers
<p>Would it be possible to have a list of A-type questions for the revised higher chemistry past paper 2012-2015?</p><p>Unfortunately, SQA cannot provide you with Question Paper Setting Grids for the other years requested.  These would not have been retained once the qualifications changed under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), as the way knowledge and skills were categorised changed for CfE.   SQA does not hold the information requested.  Section 17 of FOISA provides that where an authority does not hold information requested then it should notify the requester to that effect. </p> <p>On 30 October 2017 SQA responded to a similar request from you and, amongst a range of other material requested, we provided the 2015 Higher Chemistry Question Paper Grids. </p>
23/09/2021FOI Requests
<p>I would like to request release of the following information under FOISA.</p> <ul> <li>The total number of FOI requests received by the SQA in each month shown below</li> <li>The total number of those FOI requests answered within the statutory time limit of 20 working days</li> </ul><table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col"> </th> <th scope="col">Total number of FOI requests received by SQA</th> <th scope="col">Total number of that month's FOI requests answered withing the statutory time limit of 2 working days</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>August 2021</td> <td>21</td> <td>19</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 2021</td> <td>4</td> <td>4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 2021</td> <td>26</td> <td>16</td> </tr> <tr> <td>May 2021</td> <td>11</td> <td>10</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 2021</td> <td>5</td> <td>5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>March 2021</td> <td>10</td> <td>9</td> </tr> <tr> <td>February 2021</td> <td>10</td> <td>10</td> </tr> <tr> <td>January 2021</td> <td>16</td> <td>16</td> </tr> <tr> <td>December 2020</td> <td>11</td> <td>10</td> </tr> <tr> <td>November 2020</td> <td>15</td> <td>14</td> </tr> <tr> <td>October 2020</td> <td>20</td> <td>14</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September2020</td> <td>18</td> <td>15</td> </tr> <tr> <td>August 2020</td> <td>68</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>July 2020</td> <td>12</td> <td>12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>June 2020</td> <td>5</td> <td>5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>May 2020</td> <td>10</td> <td>9</td> </tr> <tr> <td>April 2020</td> <td>7</td> <td>4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>March 2020</td> <td>14</td> <td>14</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Februarty 2020</td> <td>15</td> <td>15</td> </tr> <tr> <td>January 2020</td> <td>30</td> <td>30</td> </tr> <tr> <td>December 2019</td> <td>22</td> <td>20</td> </tr> <tr> <td>November 2019</td> <td>31</td> <td>30</td> </tr> <tr> <td>October 2019</td> <td>31</td> <td>31</td> </tr> <tr> <td>September2019</td> <td>46</td> <td>43</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The information requested is contained with the table above.</p> <p>We strive to ensure that all requests received are responded to within the statutory timescale of 20 working days. However, there are occasions when this will not be possible, and it will take longer than the 20 working days to respond.</p> <p>There are periods when both the volume of requests received and their complexity will pose challenges when seeking to respond within the required timescale. For example, if requests are for correspondence from multiple sources over a period of time.</p> <p>During 2020, both the complexity and number of concurrent requests posed such challenges. Around August in particular, there was an increase in the number of complex requests relating to results and appeals requiring information from multiple sources.</p>
01/10/2021Review Response
<p>I would like to request a review of how this FOI response has been handled. It appears that the SQA has provided me with redacted email chains but in the case of documents has simply extracted some text and placed it into the table at the top of the document? This is not an acceptable approach, nor is it in line with previous disclosures or those from other public bodies. Please reissue this response providing the actual documents being referenced, with material then redacted from them if necessary</p><p>Please see response document.</p>
07/10/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>I am seeking information on the Attainment gap between pupils with Additional Education Needs (who require Adjustments when sitting exams, for example additional time or a scribe) and those who do not have Additional Education Needs (who do not require Adjustments when sitting exams).</p> <p>How many pupils in Scotland sat Higher Physics from each of the above distinct groups?</p> <p>How many pupils in Scotland sat Higher Mathematics from each of the above distinct groups?</p> <p>What percentage of each of the above described groups gained a "C" grade + in Higher Mathematics?</p> <p>What percentage of each of the above described groups gained a "C" grade + in Higher Physics?</p> <p>Covering the Academic years of - 2020/21 - 2019/20 - 2018/19</p> <p>Finally, what was the difference, if any, between those at State school and those at Private school in Scotland for each of the years stated</p><p>We had stated that we are unable to provide any information for 2020 and 2021 but can provide the information for 2019.</p> <p>How many pupils in Scotland sat Higher Physics from each of the above distinct groups?”</p> <p>In 2019, there were 7,486 learners entered for Higher Physics without one (or more) Assessment Arrangements requested.</p> <p>There were 841 learners entered for Higher Physics with one (or more) Assessment Arrangements requested.</p> <p>How many pupils in Scotland sat Higher Mathematics from each of the above distinct groups?”</p> <p>In 2019, there were 16,902 learners entered for Higher Maths without one (or more) Assessment Arrangements requested.</p> <p>There were 1,724 learners entered for Higher Maths with one (or more) Assessment Arrangements requested.</p> <p>“What percentage of each of the above described groups gained a "C" grade + in Higher Mathematics?”</p> <p>In 2019, of the learners entered for Higher Maths without one (or more) AAs requested, 12,303 attained an A-C grade. This is 72.8% (to one d.p).</p> <p>Of the learners entered for Higher Maths with one (or more) AAs requested, 1,182 attained an A-C. This is 68.6% (to one d.p)</p> <p>“What percentage of each of the above described groups gained a "C" grade + in Higher Physics? Covering the Academic years of - 2020/21 - 2019/20 - 2018/19”</p> <p>In 2019, of the learners entered for Higher Physics without one (or more) AAs requested, 5,672 attained an A-C grade. This is 75.8% (to one d.p).</p> <p>Of the learners entered for Higher Physics with one (or more) AAs requested, 570 attained an A-C. This is 67.8% (to one d.p)</p> <p>“Finally, what was the difference, if any, between those at State school and those at Private school in Scotland for each of the years stated.”</p> <p>The difference in A-C attainment rates between Education Authority Schools and Independent Schools can be found in our Centre Type publications published in September 2021 for historical years, including 2019.</p> <p>Notes: December attainment data was used for this analysis as it represents the most complete data available for diet 2019. Candidates indicated in the figures could be entered for one or more Assessment Arrangements, and could have requested different Assessment Arrangements for different subjects (e.g. Maths vs Physics). Candidates requesting Assessment Arrangements do not necessary use the requested Assessment Arrangements on the day of assessment. Candidates requesting Assessment Arrangements but who did not enter for the qualification are not included in the above figures. Mathematics figures include both Mathematics and Matamataig (Gaidhlig version) entries</p>
07/10/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>I am writing to ask some Freedom of Information questions. I hope I have worded them correctly and they can be understood.</p> <p>Subject list - chemistry, physics, biology, maths, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Gaelic, Gàidhlig, Latin, history, economic history, geography, modern studies and economics.</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 5 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p> How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 4 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 3 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 2 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 1 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>What is the average number of National 5 entries per learner in S4 for each of the past 20 years, broken down by a) State Schools, b) independent sector</p> <p>What is the average number of National 5 awards per learner in S4 for each of the past 20 years, broken down by a) State schools, b) independent sector.</p><p>The information requested is contained within the attached tables.</p>
07/10/2021Contract Details
<p>Please could you confirm if you can provide the following information Free of Charge or if a fee will be applicable – If a fee is applicable please confirm the price (before providing any information)?</p> <p>I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.</p> <p>Confidential Waste</p> <p>The details I require are:</p> <ul> <li>Has confidential waste being procured via tender or framework or another means?</li> <li>If a framework, could you confirm the name of the framework please?</li> <li>Actual contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots)</li> <li>Start date & duration of contract</li> <li>Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?</li> <li>Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?</li> <li>Who is the procurement officer responsible for this contract and could you provide their email address and phone number please?</li> <li>Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract and could you provide their email address and phone number please?</li> <li>Who is the current supplier?</li> <li>If your current supplier is a Facilities Management/Waste/Cleaning Company, which sub-contractor services your organisation?</li> </ul><ul> <li>Has confidential waste been procured via tender or framework or another means?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Quick Quote  </strong>                                 </p> <ul> <li>If a framework, could you confirm the name of the framework please?  </li> </ul> <p><strong>n/a </strong>                                                     </p> <ul> <li>Actual contract values of each framework/contract (&any sub lots).    </li> </ul> <p><strong>n/a  </strong>                                                   </p> <ul> <li>Start date & duration of contract.         </li> </ul> <p><strong>1st April 2018 for 3 years   </strong>                                                                                                         </p> <ul> <li>Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract and, if so, the duration of the extension?    </li> </ul> <p><strong>Yes, extension is included. Extension period is for 12 months </strong></p> <ul> <li>Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?      </li> </ul> <p><strong>Discussion is underway regarding the renewal of this contract  </strong>                                                                                </p> <ul> <li>Who is the procurement officer responsible for this contract and could you provide their email address and phone number?  </li> </ul> <p><strong>Details on the Procurement team can be found on the SQA website at the following link:</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39640.html">The Procurement Team - SQA </a>  </strong>             </p> <ul> <li>Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract and could you provide their email address and phone number please?      </li> </ul> <p><strong>The senior officer outside of Procurement is the Health, Safety and Environmental Officer. The phone number for contact is 0131 444 6942   </strong>                                                                                                          </p> <ul> <li>Who is the current supplier?                                                                                                 </li> </ul> <p><strong>Restore Datashred       </strong>                                                                                                                                 </p> <ul> <li>If your current supplier is a Facilities Management/Waste/Cleaning Company which sub-contractor services your organisation?                       </li> </ul> <p><strong>n/a</strong></p>
12/10/2021Recruitment Agency Spend
<p>Under the Freedom of Information Act we formally request the information listed below: </p> <ol> <li>Permanent Recruitment Agency Spend for the last 2 calendar years.</li> </ol><p>The spend for 2019 was £105,439</p> <p>The spend for 2020 was £56,517</p>
22/10/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>Previously I asked, and the information was provided, for the following:</p> <p>Subject list - chemistry, physics, biology, maths, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Gaelic, Gàidhlig, Latin, history, economic history, geography, modern studies and economics.</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 5 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p> How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 4 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 3 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 2 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total number of candidates in S5 in a)state schools b) independent schools, achieved 1 Highers passes from subjects in the above list in each of the past 10 years?</p> <p>In addition to the information previously provided, could I have the data from 2000 to 2011, broken down on the same basis and in relation to the same basis.</p><p>The information requested is contained within the document below.</p>
22/10/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total in S5, achieved an A grade at Higher Maths in a) State Schools, b)independent schools in each of the past 20 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total in S5, achieved a B grade at Higher Maths in a) State Schools, b)independent schools in each of the past 20 years?</p> <p>How many candidates, and as a percentage of the total in S5, achieved a C grade at Higher Maths in a) State Schools, b)independent schools in each of the past 20 years?</p><p>The information requested is contained within the attached table.</p>
22/10/2021Attainment Statistics
<p>Under the FOI, I would like to request the total students number domiciled in China that successfully get a HND qualification for the academic years of 20/21 and 21/22.</p><p>For academic year 2020/2021 there were 4723 students domiciled in China who successfully gained a HND qualification.</p> <p>For academic year 2021/2022 there have been 1636 students domiciled in China who have successfully gained a HND qualification to date.</p> <p>The final certification year for  SQA HNDS in China was  academic year 20/21. All International centres now offer the SQA Advanced Diploma not HND</p>

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