Awarding 2021 - parents/carers

How have my child's results been decided?

Your child's teachers or lecturers gathered evidence of their demonstrated attainment, such as assessment tasks they completed. Their teachers or lecturers used their professional judgement to assess this evidence against the national standard to determine your child’s provisional result, which they submitted to SQA.

Can my child appeal their results?

If your child does not agree with one or more of their results, they have the right to appeal. Your child can register that they want to appeal directly on the SQA website. The registration service opened on Friday 25 June and will close on Thursday 12 August. All appeals will be processed after Results Day on Tuesday 10 August. View more information on the Appeals Service.

Were schools and colleges told to run exams this year?

The National Qualifications 2021 Group stated that there was no expectation that schools, colleges and training providers hold a formal diet of prelims or exams in session 2020-21. Schools and colleges had the flexibility to decide how and when to carry out assessments with their learners, and the assessment evidence that teachers and lecturers used to determine a provisional result did not need to be identical for every learner.

Why did SQA publish question papers if there were no exams?

We provided schools, colleges and training providers with optional assessment resources, including 2020-21 question papers and marking instructions, to support teachers and lecturers across Scotland with gathering evidence to determine provisional results. We did this in response to feedback and requests from schools and colleges to provide question papers, and in response to ongoing dialogue with members of the National Qualifications 2021 Group about support for teachers and lecturers in session 2020-21.

The 2020-21 question papers were optional; teachers and lecturers did not need to use them. Those who did choose to use them had the option to use them in full or in part - for example, they could split the question papers into smaller sections to allow learners to complete the different sections of the question paper during class time on different days, or they could extract content from the question papers to create their own assessments.