SQA responds to OECD findings and Scottish Government announcement

Monday 21 June 2021

Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive said, 'While our focus right now is on supporting our young people to get the qualifications they deserve this year, I welcome the OECD findings and today's announcement of a new specialist agency with responsibility for both curriculum and assessment. This is an opportunity for significant change that will meet the future needs of our learners, our society and our economy, and which has the support of all.

'We will make a full and positive contribution to the process that lies ahead, drawing on our experience and expertise as Scotland's qualifications and accreditation body, and working in partnership with others across the education system. Whatever outcome eventually emerges, it is critical that we all commit to maintaining the high standards that have long been the hallmark of Scotland's qualifications.

'In the meantime, we will continue our work to deliver this year's National Qualifications in exceptional and challenging circumstances. I echo the Cabinet Secretary's thanks to SQA staff who have worked tirelessly to deliver, with professionalism and integrity.'