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SQA News 25 March 2021

Appeals 2021 consultation - closing Friday 26 March

There is still time to have your say on this year’s appeals process for National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher qualifications. The consultation closes on Friday 26 March.

The appeals system - the fifth stage of the revised Alternative Certification Model - will ensure that a candidate's demonstrated attainment has been appropriately graded, and that the processes in place to ensure that have been appropriately followed. 

The consultation outlines how we propose to make sure that fairness and equity are a central part of the appeals process this year. Importantly this includes young people having the ability to directly appeal their results and the appeals service being free of charge.

Our consultation has been informed by discussions with a range of stakeholders, and we want to hear from teachers, lecturers, training providers, employers, and other stakeholders including parents, carers and learners themselves, to inform our final proposals. Please use this link - - to share the consultation through your own channels.

The consultation explains SQA's statutory responsibilities in the awarding of qualifications and reflects the agreed approach to awarding in 2021, as co-created by the National Qualifications 2021 Group*.

The consultation then asks for your views on:

The findings of the consultation, and the final appeals process will be published in early May. 

*The National Qualifications 2021 Group is represented by the Association of Directors of Education in 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 the Scottish Youth Parliament.