SQA ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT MODEL ENQUIRY FORM

The form below has been set up to support any enquiries you may have regarding your child’s recently issued preliminary results. (One enquiry per form.)It is important that you complete the form accurately and that you submit your enquiries no later than 6pm on Sunday the 20th June. On Monday the collated information will be passed to the relevant principal teacher who will respond to each concern submitted. Please click on the link below to access the form.

SQA Appeals Process

As a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cancellation of exams, an alternative certification model has been developed by the education system to decide your National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results this year. Your teachers and lecturers are using a range of assessment evidence to decide what your results should be, and every effort is being made to ensure you get the right result, first time. However, the ability to appeal your grade is important.

A free appeals service, available directly to learners for the first time, is the fifth and final stage of the alternative certification model.

The grounds for appeal are broad. There are three types of appeal:

  • an appeal against the academic judgement made
  • an appeal against an unresolved administrative error
  • an appeal on grounds of discrimination where:
    • there has been a breach of the Equality Act 2010 (which must have been either acknowledged by your school, college or training provider or established by a court or the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman), or
    • your school, college or training provider failed to provide agreed Assessment Arrangements.

Download  a copy of the booklet by clicking on the image below.

National Qualifications 2021 Group – Disruption to Learning – Learner message

Monday 10th May 2021

The National Qualifications 2021 Group* appreciates that you may have concerns regarding the levels of disruption to your learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects this will have on gathering the evidence that your teachers or lecturers need to determine provisional results for National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher.

Flexibility in gathering learner evidence

Provisional results in 2021 will be based on teachers and lecturers using assessment evidence of your knowledge, skills and understanding of the course. For teachers and lecturers to do this, you will need to complete tests or assessments set by your school, college or training provider.

The key difference between the formal SQA exam diet, which was cancelled for 2021, and the assessments that you will take in your school, college or training provider is the flexibility around how and when assessments take place. This means that, as far as possible, there should be maximum opportunity for you to complete the required learning and be given the best chance to succeed in your course assessments. See below for more information about what to do if you feel this is not the case for you.

The flexibility available to teachers and lecturers this year means that the opportunities for gathering evidence do not need to be based on a single assessment. Schools, colleges and training providers are being encouraged to make use of this flexibility in gathering the right quality of assessment evidence that shows your knowledge, skills and understanding of your course.

Schools, colleges and training providers also need to provide additional assessment arrangements, as they would under normal circumstances, for those learners who are disabled or have identified additional support needs.

If you need any additional assessment arrangements, and do not feel they are being provided to you, or you feel that your opportunity for generating evidence is being restricted please speak to your teacher or lecturer in the first instance. Schools, colleges and training providers have established processes in place and will advise you on what to do should you remain unhappy with the outcome of those discussions. This may include, for example, at a later stage, further discussion with your headteacher/centre manager or engagement with other local processes beyond the centre, if necessary.

Summary of steps taken to address disruption to learning

A number of steps have been taken to support teachers and lecturers and to help ensure as many learners as possible can generate the assessment evidence required to decide their provisional results. This includes:

  • removing assignments and reducing content in many National Courses
  • giving schools, colleges and training providers more time to submit your provisional results
  • enhancing the e-Sgoil E-learning offer to support learners who for a variety of reasons have experienced extreme disruption to their learning
  • offering a small number of learners, who have completed their course but who have been unable to complete all the required evidence, the option to receive their Scottish Qualifications Certificate at a later date.

What to do next

If your personal circumstances have resulted in extreme disruption to your learning, including if you are or have been shielding, please speak to your school, college or training provider. As mentioned above, they will have established processes in place and will advise you on the options available to you and what to do should you remain unhappy with the outcome of your discussions. This may include, for example, at a later stage, further discussion with your headteacher/centre manager or engagement with other local processes beyond the centre, if necessary.

To stay up to date on National Qualifications for 2021 visit www.sqa.org.uk/learners

Get Results Ready with MySQA

The SQA recognise that it has been a hugely challenging time for everyone undertaking National Qualifications this year.

With national exams being cancelled and learning being disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Qualifications 2021 Group*, which includes SQA along with other education organisations, created a different way to award National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

How will my results be decided?

Your teachers will use assessment evidence to decide your provisional grades in a way that is consistent and fair. This means that the school will arrange in-class tests or assessments.

These in-class assessments have been developed by schools and colleges to make sure that, like any other year, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and understanding. For instance, there won’t be a National 5 Geography exam that everyone will sit at the same time on the same day, but there will be assessments carried out by the school to determine your understanding of the National 5 Geography course.

It also means that on Results Day in August, you will receive the results that best reflect your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Want to know how to get your results sent to you by text and/or email? Theguide below to MySQA explains everything.

What is MySQA?

MySQA is our online results service, which allows you to receive your results straight to your phone by email and/or text. When you sign-up to MySQA, you will also be able to access a record of all the SQA courses and qualifications you have achieved up to that point.

Why should I register for MySQA?

Signing up for MySQA means that you don’t need to wait for the postie delivering your results certificate – your results will be sent to you by text or email from 8am on Results Day, Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Having a MySQA account also lets you check the personal information we hold for you, including a record of all the SQA qualifications you are currently undertaking, as well as any qualifications you may have already achieved (going as far back as 1995!).

How do I register for MySQA?

To register, you will need to create a MySQA account at www.mysqa.org.uk.

You must register for and activate your account by 5pm on Wednesday 21 July 2021.

To register you need:

  • your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN)
  • an email address

You can find your SCN on a previous SQA certificate. If you don’t have a SQA certificate, speak to your pastoral teacher.

I received my results through MySQA last year – do I need to create a new MySQA account this year?

If you successfully created a MySQA account last year, then you will automatically receive your results by text and/or email again this year.

You don’t need to renew your account, but if you’ve changed your phone number or email address since you originally signed up, check your details, and make sure we have your up-to-date contact information otherwise you won’t receive your results.

Will I also receive my SQA results through the post?

Yes, all candidates undertaking National Qualifications and awards – so that includes National 1 to National 5, Highers, Advanced Highers, and awards including Skills for Work courses – will receive their SQA certificate by post on Results Day, Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Will I find out my results before Results Day?

Your teachers will take time to explain your provisional results to you before the end of June, so you can be confident that the confirmed results you receive in August reflect your work and will be recognised as they would in any other year.

It is really important that you talk to your teachers about your progress over the coming weeks, as well as what provisional results are being sent to SQA.

Further Information

SQA has produced an information booklet for learners which tells you what you need to know about your qualifications in 2021. A printed version has been posted to your home address, and it is also available here.

Update from the National Qualifications 2021 Group: Alternative Certification Model Stage 2 – Learners

14 April 2021

As you return from your Easter break, the National Qualifications 2021 Group* appreciates that you may be feeling worried and have questions about assessment this year, and will be looking to your school, college or training provider for guidance and support.

Following the cancellation of exams by the Scottish Government, an Alternative Certification Model, the way your results will be decided this year, has been created by the National Qualifications 2021 Group* which includes professionals from across the education system, as well as a parents’/carers’ representative and young persons’ representative.

The Group has been clear that results must be based on evidence of ‘demonstrated attainment’. This means assessment evidence that shows you have the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to be awarded your grade for the course. It is important that results are based on evidence of learning and skills, so you can have confidence in them.

This means that you will have to undertake some assessments. The Group has been clear, however, that there is no need for schools, colleges and training providers to carry out formal replacement exams or prelims. There is flexibility in how assessments can be undertaken.

Gathering evidence

The school has been given guidance for each subject, to help teachers assess the skills, knowledge, and understanding you need to demonstrate, to be awarded your grade for the course. We expected some disruption to learning this year, so the amount of evidence needed for each of your courses has been reduced to a minimum while making sure that your qualifications remain highly respected among future education providers and employers.

If you have questions about your assessments or any other concerns, including if your personal circumstances mean you are unable to take part in any assessments, you should speak to your Pastoral Support Teacher/Year Head as soon as possible to let them know  to discuss an appropriate solution. Schools, have established processes in place and will advise you on what to do should you remain unhappy with the outcomes of discussions.

Please remember: as a  school,we know you best and will work with you to decide how and when you will be assessed. We will let you know the arrangements for when assessments are taking place and which evidence will count towards your grade. You can also raise any issues or personal circumstances with your Pastoral Support Teacher/ Year Head at this time, and discuss potential supports. This includes assessment arrangements if you need additional support or have been shielding.

Feedback on your progress

When you go back, learning and teaching will continue and as a school we will assess your evidence and provide you with feedback on your progress.

For further information on National Qualifications for 2021, including access to the learner booklet and frequently asked questions, please visit sqa.org.uk/learners

Update from the National Qualifications 2021 Group: Alternative Certification Model Stage 2 – Parents and Carers

4 April 2021

As your child returns from their Easter break, the National Qualifications 2021 Group* appreciates that you may have questions and will be looking to your child’s school, college or training provider for guidance and support.

Following the cancellation of exams by the Scottish Government, an Alternative Certification Model, the way results will be decided this year, has been created by the National Qualifications 2021 Group* which includes professionals from across the education system, as well as a parents’/carers’ representative and young persons’ representative.

The Group has been clear that results must be based on evidence of ‘demonstrated attainment’. This refers to the assessment evidence that shows your child has the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to be awarded their grade for the course. It is important that results are based on evidence of learning and skills, so you and your child can have confidence in them.

This means that they need to be assessed in their classrooms. The Group has been clear, however, that there is no need for schools, colleges and training providers to carry out formal replacement exams or prelims.

Gathering evidence

Schools, colleges and training providers have been given guidance for each subject, to help teachers and lecturers assess the skills, knowledge, and understanding your child needs to demonstrate, to be awarded their grade for the course. We expected some disruption to learning this year, so the amount of evidence needed for each course has been reduced to a minimum while making sure that qualifications remain highly respected among future education providers and employers.

Your child’s teachers know them best and supported the return to school in March to finalise learning and teaching in their courses. It is therefore appropriate that they decide on how and when your child will produce the required assessment evidence. This means that many learners will start to undertake assessments after the Easter break, running through May and potentially into June. These assessments will be used to measure your child’s progress and to provide feedback.

The school, college or training provider will let your child know the arrangements for when assessments are taking place and which evidence will count towards their grade. If your child’s personal circumstances mean they are unable to take part in any assessments, please talk to their teachers and lecturers as soon as you can.

Feedback on your child’s progress

When your child goes back, learning and teaching will continue and the school, college or training provider will also assess your child’s evidence and provide them with feedback on their progress.

Next steps and further information

We all remain committed to working together to support teachers and lecturers to provide provisional results for your child so that they get the results that best reflect the work they have done. This will help them to progress to further learning or work.

SQA – How will my results be decided this year? Your questions answered.

How will my results be decided this year? Your questions answered.

The 2021 National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams are cancelled due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means SQA needs a different way to decide your National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

SQA is a member of the National Qualifications 2021 Group*, and together the group has agreed the Alternative Certification Model which will be used to award this year’s National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher results.

The Scottish Youth Parliament, who represent the views of young people from across the country, is also a member of the National Qualifications 2021 Group.

SQA has given schools and colleges lots of guidance for each subject, to help teachers and lecturers assess the skills, knowledge, and understanding you need to demonstrate to achieve your qualifications.

We expected a lot of disruption to learning this year, so SQA has reduced the amount of evidence needed for each of your courses to a minimum while making sure that your qualifications remain highly respected.

Schools and colleges have been given more time to cover the parts of your courses that will be assessed. Schools and colleges decide on how, and when they will assess you, and determine your provisional results.

Everyone at SQA understands that this is a challenging time for learners undertaking National Qualifications, and we thank you all for your continued hard work.

Below you will find answers to questions we have received about how your results will be decided, that we hope you find useful.

Your questions answered…

How results will be decided

Q:        My school/college has told me I will soon be undertaking assessments – are these the same as an exam?

A:         There are no formal exams this year. However, it will be necessary for you to be assessed to help your teachers and lecturers decide your provisional results.

While the look and feel of some of these assessments may seem like an exam, your schools or colleges will make sure assessments only include parts of your course which you have been taught so far.

How and when you are assessed is decided by your school or college. SQA has also told your school or college which parts of your course do not need to be assessed.

Q:        What evidence is required to determine results?

A:         This will be different for each of your subjects. That means you might be asked to complete one kind of assessment for one course, and another kind of assessment for another course.

We have given schools and colleges guidance on which parts of each course should be assessed, and we have reduced this as much as possible this year – for instance in PE we are only assessing performance in one sport, rather than two – whilst ensuring the qualification is still highly respected.

More information on the course requirements for each subject is available from our website www.sqa.org.uk/nq2021.

Q:         What is demonstrated attainment?

A:         Demonstrated Attainment means you have shown the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to be awarded the course.

For example, in English if you were to hand in a piece of writing, it needs to match specific criteria to show your ability.

It is important that results are based on evidence of learning and skills, so you can have confidence in your results.

Q:        How will practical subjects be assessed?

A:         We have reduced the assessment requirements this year. For example, in Music learners have the option to only be assessed in one instrument, rather than two as would happen in a normal year.

However, we still require evidence that you have an understanding of key aspects of your learning, to make sure you get the results you deserve.

Ensuring fairness

Q:         What is being done to make sure learners are graded fairly?

A:         We are working with schools and colleges on this to make sure that your grades are decided in a fair and consistent way.

Schools and colleges can also take further steps to ensure fairness, such as making sure more than one person is involved in deciding your provisional result.

Q:        What measures are being taken to ensure learners have appropriate knowledge to move to the next qualification level (eg from National 5 to Higher)?

A:         Your teacher or lecturer will be able to offer you advice on your next steps. You can also find information on all SQA qualifications on our website.

My final results

Q:        Will learners know their grade before Results Day?

A:         Yes, you should be provided with an explanation of how your grades were decided. Teachers and lecturers should have ongoing conversations with you about your progress, including details of your provisional grade once the course is complete.

Q:        Will colleges and universities accept my results?

A:         Yes. We are working with colleges, universities, and employers so that they understand how your results are being decided this year.

Further information

SQA has produced an information booklet for learners which tells you what you need to know about your qualifications in 2021. A printed version has been posted to your home address, and it is also available on our website.

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