Delivering National 5 results in 2020-21

Tuesday 8 December 2020

On 7 October, the Deputy First Minister announced that for 2020-21, National 5 will be based on teacher and lecturer judgement supported by quality assurance. Key educational stakeholders recognise the difficult times that everyone is experiencing and are working together to develop contingencies that support the delivery of National Qualifications in 2020-21.

The National Qualifications 2021 Group has overseen development of the quality assurance model which will support teachers and lecturers in providing provisional results for National 5 candidates in session 2020-21. Provisional results will be based on teacher and lecturer professional judgement of learner evidence. The model also confirms how provisional results will become final results.

Combined support from SQA, local authorities, colleges, independent schools and Education Scotland aims to enhance teachers' and lecturers' understanding of the consistent application of the national standard and in making accurate judgements. Schools and colleges can also ask SQA for further support and advice regarding the national standard should they find it helpful.

These processes should ensure trust and consistency across the country so that a National 5 awarded in the north of Scotland is of the same standard as one which is awarded in the south of Scotland and everywhere in between.

A revised Alternative Certification Model was confirmed by the National Qualifications 2021 Group on 16 February 2021.  Details describing the new model can be found here.

Fairness for learners

SQA is co-ordinating the development of an equality impact assessment as part of this quality assurance model which aims to ensure fair and credible results for all National 5 learners. Schools, colleges, local authorities and SQA are committed to working together to support teachers and lecturers in providing their provisional results in 2020-21.

We will continue to discuss the appeals process for 2020-21 and will keep you informed of progress. To stay up to date on 2021 National Qualifications.

*National Qualifications 2021 Group

Represented by the Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES), Colleges Scotland, Education Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), School Leaders Scotland (SLS), the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Scottish Government, National Parent Forum of Scotland, and from this week, the Scottish Youth Parliament.

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