Category Archives: SQA Senior Phase

SQA Assessment 2021-22

Below is a link to information for parents from SQA about how assessment will take place this session:

https://blogs.sqa.org.uk/qualifications2022/sqa-national-qualifications-assessments-2021-22-a-message-for-parents-and-carers/?utm_source=Nqcentreemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nq2022

The SQA exam timetable has also been announced and is available on the SQA website:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/41619.html

If anyone new is interested in being an invigilator for SQA assessments this session, please contact Mrs Bain at KGS by emailing:

admin.keithgrammar@moray-edunet.gov.uk

 

Leavers’ Information

Lots of information was covered with all leavers in an assembly with Mrs Bain yesterday. 

Timetable change, SQA arrangements  and leaving arrangements are all different from any other year and we thank you for bearing with us as we navigate through this.

The main points are here for your information and reassurance.


Timetable change:

  • 8th June due to COVID and exceptional SQA circumstances 
  • allows more time for moderation and any required further assessments

SQA:

Some pupils have to stay on until 4th June to complete assessments: teachers will advise individuals.

Provisional SQA grades may be subject to change after moderation between staff which may lead to further assessment.

Leaving Arrangements:

Option a) S6 Students who have completed all assessments and anyone who has a start date with an employer next week may leave on Friday 28th May.

(Staff will have to sign leavers’ form. In order to do this, staff will have to be very clear before signing the form that assessments are all completed.)

Option b) Leavers’ day for everyone else is Friday 4th June.

Leavers’ forms should be collected from the School Office on the relevant week. (This week for option a and next week for option b.)

Latest SQA Statement

We have received an update from SQA today. They have provided guidance for learners, parents, and carers here:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/020420-SQA-NQ2020-Parent-Carer-covid-19-FAQ.pdf

Main points summarised here to reassure you:

  • SQA are  extending the existing deadline for receiving these estimates to 29 May, from the original date of 24 April.
  • Everyone at SQA is working to ensure that learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 04 August, as originally planned.
  • SQA have decided not to mark any course work as this is the fairest way to proceed since some had been submitted, some had not and given public health guidance, they are now unable to mark any work submitted.
  • A free appeals service will be available, to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.
  • SQA will provide detailed guidance to schools and colleges on how to determine and submit the required estimate information after Easter, and by 20 April 2020.

Therefore until then we will be unable to answer any detailed queries. This is all the information we have for now.

Patience is still the name of the game.

Mrs Bain

SQA Reassurance

Dear senior students and families,

SQA issued a statement regarding coursework on 24/3/20 (link below). I can confirm that there is no update on exactly how  they will determine young people’s grades.

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93658.html

School is closed for the holidays so please do not contact teachers regarding estimate grades as they may not see this. Furthermore, teachers have been advised not to give these at the moment until we have further guidance from SQA. We have to get this right and cannot give out information until we get the right information and guidance from SQA.

Please don’t increase your anxiety by sending messages to us which cannot be answered.

This is new for all of us and we all need to be patient. No matter how difficult that is, there’s nothing else for it.

We will update you as soon as we have any more information.

Take care

Mrs Bain

Latest SQA Coronavirus Update

Latest news from SQA in today’s Coronavirus Update:
https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93658.html
 
Key points are summarised here for you:
 
  • National 5 coursework which was due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking. SQA are confirming marking arrangements for work already submitted.
 
  • Coursework no longer required to be submitted for Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
 
  • Estimate grade guidelines still to follow for teachers.
 
KGS staff will work with SQA to ensure no one is disadvantaged and we will be using all of our professionalism and every piece of evidence to make this as fair as we can. We cannot yet answer all questions but will keep you updated.

Prelim Exams

Senior Phase Prelim Exams start on 13/1/20 until 24/1/20 inclusive. Attached are the timetable fo exams and a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers about the arrangements. Students with 1 or more National 5 level qualification or above are entitled to study leave. It should be noted that Moray College courses continue as usual throughout the prelim period with the Wednesday bus running as usual. We wish all students the success they deserve.

School Timetable Prelim

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