SQA publishes 2019-20 appeal statistics

Wednesday 02 December

Today, we have published statistics for the Appeals service following the 2019-20 academic year.

On Tuesday 11 August 2020, the Deputy First Minister issued SQA with a Ministerial direction to change the previous approach to certification of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses and instead award candidate results based solely on the estimates provided by schools and colleges. The results of those learners who were awarded a higher grade during the initial moderation process, were maintained. The direction also stipulated the introduction of an appeals process for schools and colleges.

Three categories of appeal were available to schools and colleges:

  • SQA Error – the Head of Centre believed that there had been an error with SQA’s internal processes for confirming results to the school or college following the Ministerial direction on 11 August.
  • Centre Administrative Error – the school or college discovered that an administrative error was made when they submitted their estimate or entry information for a candidate to SQA in May.
  • Centre Discrimination – the school or college’s internal review process disclosed that a candidate's estimate was affected by discrimination or other conduct by the school or college that was unacceptable under the Equality Act 2010.

In keeping with the Ministerial direction – and the decision to accept centre estimates – the appeal service did not include any review of candidate evidence and there was no further moderation of centres’ academic judgements by SQA.

Schools and colleges were responsible for determining the original estimates that were submitted and upon which grades were awarded after 11 August and so it was only the centre, with the consent of their candidates, that could request a change to the estimates they submitted to SQA in May.