Technical consultation on proposed modifications to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments for Session 2020-21

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to participate in our technical consultation on proposed modifications to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments for session 2020–21, as well as our consultation on contingency planning for the 2021 exam timetable.

By the time the consultations closed on 24 August, we had received over 23,000 responses from teachers and lecturers, from learners, parents and carers, and from national bodies.

Technical consultation on proposed modifications to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments for Session 2020-21 (345 KB)

We sought feedback from practitioners on our proposed modifications, to determine how these might work in practice. We welcomed responses from a wide range of stakeholders.

We fully appreciate that schools and colleges are seeking clarity, but we need more time to work through the responses, and engage with the Scottish Government and other national bodies. We are doing this as quickly as we can.

We discussed next steps with the SQA’s Qualifications Committee on Friday 4 September, and will also discuss this with SQA’s Board of Management and Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Education Recovery Group, chaired by the Deputy First Minister.

We will provide further information regarding the subject-specific consultation outcomes as soon as we can.