ACM

Date published: 08/07/2021

FOI reference: 21/22 041

Date received: 29/06/2021

Date responded: 08/07/2021

Information requested

The National Qualifications 2021 Group put in place contingency arrangements which mean some pupils 'disproportionately disrupted by the pandemic' have been allowed to delay some assessment until schools return following the summer holidays, with the final deadline for submission 3 September.

The guidance for the 'Incomplete Evidence Contingency' states that the deadline by which schools had to tell SQA if they intended to use this service was 25 June.

As this deadline has now passed, could you please tell me how many pupils SQA has been told plan to use this contingency?

How many schools have indicated they want to use the contingency? (if possible broken down into state, private and grant-aided).

Is it just pupils sitting National 5, Highers or Advanced Highers who will be able to use this contingency?

And could you please put the figure for the number of pupils schools have indicated will use the contingency in context - what proportion of pupils taking national qualifications is this?

Response

I can confirm that the Incomplete Evidence Contingency service only applies to candidates taking National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. 

In regard to your other questions, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the information is exempt from disclosure under section 27(1) of the Act as it is held with a view to being published at a future date, and in all the circumstances it is reasonable that the information be withheld from disclosure until that time. Information will be published in August 2021 as part of our attainment statistics and will be available on our website here.